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CENTRAL JERSEY INVITATIONAL RECAP - 2 CHAMPIONS, 1 FINALIST
by posted 07/16/2018


FC Copa Academy wrapped up another great weekend this summer. Three teams placed at the Central Jersey Invitational after fantastic performances throughout the two days. The Boys 2002 Red and Boys 2006 Black were both crowned champions & the Boys 2003 Red finished as finalists. 

The Boys 2006 Black went undefeated all weekend taking care of each game in proper fashion. They went 3-0-0 in group play scoring 11 goals and only conceding one. They were matched up against the Group A Winner in the Final where they secured a 5-0 win to earn themselves the title. 

Our Boys 2002 Red side competed in a round robin bracket over the weekend. Over four games of play the team scored 7 goals and went 3-0-1 locking in the top spot of the group. 

Lastly, the Boys 2003 Red fell just short of our third championship on the weekend. They went 3-0-0 in group play, with 9 goals scored and 1 conceded. In the final they competed in a great game falling just short 2-1. A overall great tournament for this group. 

Congratulations again to all the teams who competed this past weekend and we look forward to another weekend of fantastic soccer at the EDP Summer Showcase ans MAPS CAPS.

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NEW JERSEY COPA FC WOMENS PREPARE FOR THE LAST GAME OF THE YEAR
by posted 07/12/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


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NEW JERSEY COPA FC WOMENS PREPARE FOR THE LAST GAME OF THE YEAR

METUCHEN, NJ -  This Saturday on July 14th NJCFC Women's team face off NY Surf at SUNY Maritime at 1:30PM. Earlier this season NJCFC and NY Surf battled it out in a game that ended with a 1-1 tie score with 5 minutes left on the clock due to inclement weather. With a final result that was out of their control, NJCFC looks forward to the opportunity to finish what they started against NY Surf.  

The New Jersey FC Women’s look to improve their overall record from (W-L-D) 3-5-1 to 4-5-1. Jeanine Nunez is coming off a brace last week and looking to add to her season total. This young talented team will wrap up their 2018 season this weekend looking to build towards the next.

Coach Roberto Aguas commented on the final match of the season saying “This year has not gone the way we planned for it to go, some unlucky moments, tough results but overall I believe it was a great experience for the group. The veterans of the team who have been on this journey since day one have shown great will to lead this young team this year. We are confident that this season will help us build towards the next and we look forward to wrapping up the year on a good note.”

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at steve.lengen@fccopa.com or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)  

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

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CENTRAL JERSEY INVITATIONAL - WEEKEND PREVIEW
by posted 07/11/2018


FC Copa Academy gets set to compete at the 2018 Central Jersey Invitational Boys Weekend. The event will be held this upcoming weekend, July 14-15, 2018 at Greenbranch Park in Pittsgrove, NJ.

Last year, FC Copa Academy placed two teams at the Central Jersey Invitational, 1 Champion and 1 Finalists. This weekend the club sends eight teams to compete in the competition. Below we have listed all the teams who are playing at the CJ Invitational:

Boys 2007 Black
Boys 2007 Red
Boys 2006 Black
Boys 2005 Black
Boys 2004 Black
Boys 2003 Red
Boys 2002 Red
Boys 2001 Red

We would like to wish all our teams the best this weekend and look forward to seeing some great soccer as well!

 
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FC COPA ACADEMY 2018 PRESEASON CAMP
by posted 07/10/2018


CAMP DETAILS

Duration: 5 Days

Dates: August 13th-17th

Time: 5 PM - 8 PM

Location: Rutgers University Park Field
656 Bartholomeu Rd, Piscataway NJ

Cost: $175
Early Bird: Register by 7/15 save $25
Register Here

FC Copa Academy Players: $125
Register Here

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NJ COPA FC FACE OFF AGAINST FC MONMOUTH IN A MUST-WIN MATCH
by posted 07/03/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


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NJ COPA FC FACE OFF AGAINST FC MONMOUTH IN A MUST-WIN PLAYOFF CLINCHING GAME AT HOME

METUCHEN, NJ - On Saturday July 7th NJ COPA FC will face off in their final game of season at home against FC Monmouth. NJ COPA FC previously played FC Monmouth in a back and forth game that ended in a 1-1 draw. Every game in the NPSL is extremely important to the team, however, this game in particular is of enormous proportions because whoever wins on Saturday will clinch the last playoff spot in the Keystone Conference playoffs.

As the standings of the Keystone Conference currently show NJ COPA FC sits in fourth place and FC Monmouth sits in fifth. Both of the teams have 16 points on the season so far. NJ COPA FC has the edge in this matchup because of the goal differential they have over FC Monmouth. That being said, both teams will surely not be looking to advance through technicalities. These two sides are two of the most physical and hard nose teams in the Keystone Conference. This match will be a battle on both ends. The NJ COPA FC defense anchored by Dennis Correia and Jonathan Firmino will have a tough test ahead of them. FC Monmouth is a technical team that can move the ball very dangerously around the pitch. The defense will have to be on their toes in order to keep the clean sheet.

The NJ COPA FC attack this season has been on fire and will need to come with their shooting boots to ensure a commanding win over FC Monmouth’s solid defense. Another impressive aspect of the NJ COPA FC attack is their ability to move the ball in a way that gets the opposition completely out of position. This barcelonesque style of play has served NJ COPA FC well and will be crucial for them to do in order to be successful on Saturday.

When asked about this playoff clinching game, Head Coach Roberto Aguas stated, “ We already know FC Monmouth is a talented side and we need to come into Saturday with nothing but our best if we want to be successful. On both sides of the ball, FC Monmouth is extremely hard working and detail oriented which has helped them have a solid defense and a formidable attack. Saturday is a very important game because whoever wins will clinch the last playoff spot however this can cloud the player minds sometimes and affect their play. Before the NCAA College Cup in 2013 in which Notre Dame won, Sir Alex Ferguson had a message for the players before the game, he told them to play the game not the occasion. These words speak volumes to what we need to do on Saturday which is simply come out, play our best, and hopefully walk away with a win.”

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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NJ COPA FC HOLD OFF LI ROUGH RIDERS TO STAY UNDEFEATED AT HOME
by posted 06/28/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


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NJ COPA FC HOLD OFF LI ROUGH RIDERS TO STAY UNDEFEATED AT HOME

METUCHEN, NJ - The NJ COPA FC Women stayed strong as they held off a tough LI Rough Rider team. The Women had cylinders firing against the LI Rough Riders both on offense and defense. This was a very important win for the women and will help them build momentum as they head into their weekend match.

In the first half NJ COPA FC had good attacking play that lead to the first goal of the game in the 15th minute. The Women received a free kick in the attacking half and Jeanine Nunez stepped up to take the kick. Her attempt was headed by defenders but then headed back into the box by Camille Bowen where Alexis Williams rushed to the ball for the easy tap in to put NJ COPA FC 1-0. After the goal LI Rough Riders went on an all out attack that put keeper Courtney Brosnan to the test. The defense stepped up and was able to keep the LI Rough Rider attack at bay.

The second half was all NJ COPA FC. The stand out player in the second hald was Tori Baliatico who scored two goals in the second half to secure the win for NJ COPA FC. Baliatico’s first goal came in the 75th minute. Baliatico took the ball and weaved through the LI Rough Rider back line and slotted it in the back o f the net to put NJ COPA FC up by two. It took only five more more minutes for her to score her second goal in the 80th minute. Jackie Bruno played an absolute ping over the LI defensive line to Baliatico who took it down and danced around the keeper to score the easy tap in to put NJ COPA FC up 3-0. The Women weren’t able to keep the clean sheet unfortunately. In the 90th minute Shaniel Morgan had an easy tap in to score the lone goal for the LI Rough Riders.

When asked about this impressive win Head Coach Andrew Giallombardo stated, “For the team it’s always a great feeling to bounce back with a win. In our previous match we felt unlucky not to take points from the game but credit to the ladies, they showed up at training ready to work and get back on track. We knew from the start if we could put a lot of pressure on them we would eventually be able to break them down. The ladies stuck to the game plan and made it very difficult for the Rough Riders to play. I think it was our best team game of the season and I’m hoping this kicks on and moves us in the right direction.”

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840
 

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FC Copa Academy Announces Additional Tryout Dates
by posted 06/14/2018


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FC COPA ACADEMY WORLD CUP CHALLENGE
by posted 06/12/2018


JOIN the FC Copa Academy 2018 World Cup bracket challenge NOW! Click the link below, first, create a bracket THEN join our league to compete against your favorite coaches, teammates, and for a chance to win great prizes!
 

LEAGUE CODE: 0bb65144 https://bracketchallenge.fifa.com/bracket/leagues 

#wearecopa

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NJ COPA FC WOMEN TAKE DOWN THE WORCESTER SMILES IN 2-0 VICTORY
by posted 06/11/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


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NJ COPA FC WOMEN TAKE DOWN THE WORCESTER SMILES IN 2-0 VICTORY   

METUCHEN, NJ - Saturday June 9th was a great day for the NJCFC Women as they got their much deserved first win of the season against the Worcester Smiles. This game was all about the NJCFC offense as they had an incredible performance.

The NJCFC Women have a multitude of offensive weapons at their disposal and on Saturday against the Worcester Smiles their skills were all on display. The NJCFC offense had an amazing 25 shots with 14 of them on target compared to Worcester who only had 3. A stand out player in the UWS, Jeanine Nunez showed why she’s one of the league’s best when she scored a sublime header in the 24th minute to put the Women up 1-0. Farrell Pomponio hit a pin point cross to Nunez who redirected it back across goal over the keeper and into the back of the net. Nunez finished the game with a season high six shots with three being on target. Nunez was more than deserving of her player of the game title.

Mallensy Vargas, a newcomer to the NJCFC Women’s team had a stellar game as well. She was subbed on in the 54th minute and only needed six minutes until she got on the score sheet. In the 60th minute Vargas and Katarina Nilsson combined to pull of a magical give and go at the top of the box which put Vargas in on goal where she slotted the shot home to give NJCFC a 2-0 lead.

The offensive players weren’t the only stars of the game, The NJCFC defensive line was impenetrable this game. Christina Rodgers, Sydney Cummings, Alana O’Neill, and Mckenzie Meixner played 90 minutes of absolute brick wall defense. The defense held the Smiles to only three shots the whole game and were an integral part of building the offense out of the back.

When asked about the impressive result Head Coach Andrew Giallombardo stated, “It was our most complete game from start to finish across the board. With so many new pieces in the team it took some time to get the chemistry flowing and we knew as a club we had to get a win in the first 3 matches so it’s great we were able to achieve that goal. Words can’t describe how proud we are of the team to keep their heads down and working hard after 2 tough results. We have a great opportunity to go on the road and pick up 6 points from strong opponents but we feel as if we are ready and it’s coming at a good time. We will look to build on what we have done but also take things a step further.”

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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NJ COPA FC MEN READY UP FOR BIG TEST THIS WEEKEND
by posted 06/09/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


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NJ COPA FC MEN READY UP FOR BIG TEST THIS WEEKEND AGAINST WEST CHESTER UNITED SOCCER CLUB

METUCHEN, NJ -  After a tough loss to FC Motown last weekend, the NJCFC Men are looking for a win to get them back on track. However, nothing in the NPSL is as simple as it sounds. The men will be facing one of the conference’s top teams in West Chester United Soccer Club. On Saturday, June 9th at 7pm the Men will defend their home turf of Mercer County Community College in what will be one of, if not the toughest test yet of the season.

West Chester United is has been off to a great start in their season. One aspect of their team that stands above the rest is their defense. West Chester United has recorded only a single goal against them this season. NJ COPA FC has one of the best attacks in the conference so having players such as Rapha Araujo and Kevin Veliz go up against this tough West Chester United defense will be a spectacle.

When asked about West Chester United, Head Coach Billy Englishby stated, “We are looking forward to another opportunity to test ourselves against a quality opponent this weekend as we take on an undefeated Westchester team. Training has been especially good this week with a number of players standing out making the selection process difficult for us as coaches. These are good problems to have. This is going to be a hard fought match and I’m looking forward to see how the team responds to a strong West Chester side.”

Despite the tough test ahead, the Men are confident that they can break through this seemingly impenetrable defense. By playing their brand of soccer and sticking to the game plan the things the Men can do are nothing short of amazing.

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

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NJ COPA FC WOMEN PREPARE TO FACE WORCESTER SMILES
by posted 06/08/2018


\\CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NJ COPA FC WOMEN PREPARE TO FACE WORCESTER SMILES

METUCHEN, NJ - The Women of NJ COPA FC are kicking it into high gear as they prepare to face the Worcester Smiles on Saturday, June 9th at Mercer County Community College. After getting a draw in their last game it is imperative that the Women come away with three points this weekend, but it won’t be easy as the Worcester Smiles are looking to come and steal a win away from home.

Don’t be fooled by the nice name, the Worcester Smiles mean business when they play. This team is very dangerous and has a high powered offense that will make for some difficult situations for the NJ COPA defense. However, the NJ COPA Women will be more than ready as they’ve been training hard leading up to this game. After their match against New York Surf ended in a draw last weekend, the Women have been determined to come away this weekend with nothing less than a win and three points.

When asked about the importance of this upcoming match, Head Coach Andrew Giallombardo stated, “I think it’s important to win every game when you play in a league as competitive as the UWS, unfortunately for us we have played well but just haven't had that little bit of luck to take us over the line. We won’t change much leading up to the game vs Worcester Smiles, we will stick to our philosophies while trusting our players to get the job done on the field. The team has been training very hard behind the scenes and the chemistry that’s being built has been extremely positive, we feel as if this weekend's match will be very positive for us.”

With team chemistry building and the team training hard, this weekend is shaping to be a very successful one for the Women of NJ COPA FC.

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

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FC COPA ACADEMY TEAMS SECURE NJ CUP SEMI FINAL SPOTS
by posted 06/05/2018


FC COPA ACADEMY TEAMS SECURE NJ CUP SEMI FINAL SPOTS

METUCHEN, NJ - The NJ CUP is one of New Jersey’s most prestigious tournaments. New Jersey’s best clubs compete against each other in order to claim the championship and be crowned New Jersey’s best club. FC COPA Academy has been fortunate enough to have many teams secure a spot in this top notch tournament. This past weekend two more teams clinched their spots in the tournament and are looking forward to facing the challenges that stand between them and the championship.

The Girls 04 Black were one of the teams that punched their ticket to the NJ CUP semi finals this past weekend. Coached by Head Coach Matty Berman, the G04 Black fought very hard in order to secure their position. Their fast pace style of play alongside Coach Berman’s smart and tactical strategies enabled the girls to get to where they are. These traits will hopefully allow them to continue their success in the semis and finals.

Coach Giallombardo’s Girls 05 Black team were the second team this weekend to qualify for the semis of the NJ CUP. However, this isn’t Coach Giallombardo’s only team to make it to the semis, his Girls 01 Black team has also secured a semi final spot previous to this weekend. When asked about the Girls 05 Black quarter final game Coach Giallombardo stated, “The 2005 Girls could not deserve their place in the NJ Cup Semis this weekend any more. We have to give loads of credit to SJEB Rush 05 Academy, they have a fantastic team. Both sides played with incredible intensity and the quarter final match could have easily been a final. The girls were very resilient in the match and stuck to the game plan of being very tight at the back while playing through our wide areas to penetrate and get forward. As a group we are looking forward to this amazing opportunity to play in the Semis and potentially the finals.”

The G03 Black coached by Roberto Aguas,  also qualified by beating STA in the quarterfinals and look forward to a successful weekend.

With the addition of the G04 Black and G05 Black FC COPA Academy now has four teams competing in the NJ CUP semis. The G01 Black, G03 Black, G04 Black, and G05 Black teams all will be looking to win their semi final matches and fight for a spot in their respective championship games.

Another motivational factor for these teams is the chance to compete in the XVII National Cup in Aurora Colorado from July 20 to 24. A high caliber national tournament that previous FC COPA Academy teams have played in such as the FC COPA Academy Juniors, Real, Forza, Celeste, Milan. This tournament represents the pinnacle of US Club soccer and for these teams to have a chance to compete in that is very special. In order for this to happen they will have to play their best soccer this upcoming weekend. FC COPA wishes these teams the best of luck in their matches this weekend.

 
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IN FORM NEW JERSEY COPA FC GEARING UP TO TAKE ON ATLANTIC CITY
by posted 05/30/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


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IN FORM NEW JERSEY COPA FC GEARING UP TO TAKE ON ATLANTIC CITY FC

METUCHEN, NJ -  After coming away with a five to zero victory over Electric City this past weekend the NJ COPA FC Men are hoping to build off this tremendous win as they gear up to take on Atlantic City FC on Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm.

Against Electric City, the key for NJ COPA FC was their smart, precise, and clinical attacking play. This allowed the offense to have a field day in front of goal. In order for the team to be successful against a strong Atlantic City defense NJ COPA FC will have to bring that same style out onto the pitch once again. Players such as Raphael Araujo, Anthony Ferrer, and Kevin Veliz will be looking to anchor this NJ COPA FC attack and lead the team to another three points against a quality opponent.

However, Atlantic City has some offensive threats of their own making this a great test for the NJ COPA FC defense as well. Marc Meny, Angelo Jack, and Jonathan Firmino will look to quell the strong Atlantic City attack and come away with a clean sheet for NJ COPA FC. The Atlantic City offense may prove to be troublesome for the NJ COPA FC defense. The defensive players of NJ COPA FC will be looking to make a statement and prove they can handle a quality offensive side.  

When asked about the importance of this upcoming match Head Coach Roberto Aguas stated, “Every game in this league is important and should be treated like a final. You can never take any team for granted especially a side like Atlantic City with the players they have. Our attack was great last game and we will look to have that continue if we want to be able to come away with another three points on Wednesday. “

Head Coach Bill Englishby also stated, “We are looking forward to another opportunity to grow as a group Wednesday as we take on Atlantic City FC. Every game is critical in such a short season and a conference that is very competitive. We have taken a step in the right direction with our season opener and now we must be ready to embrace the next challenge as we take on a very good Atlantic City FC. The group is gelling well so early in the season and it’s a credit to the personalities we have and the work they have been putting into training.”

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

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FC COPA ACADEMY TEAMS GEAR UP FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND GAMES
by posted 05/24/2018


This weekend several FC Copa Academy teams will travel to six different Memorial Day Weekend tournaments spanning from Manalapan all the way to Columbia, Maryland! With a long weekend ahead filled with action-packed games, each FC Copa team is getting ready to play their best and battle hard to win their respective tournaments and play in front of numerous college coaches from across the country. There are Copa Academy teams playing in the PDA Memorial Day Girl’s College Showcase, Potomac Memorial Day Tournament, the Columbia Memorial Day Tournament, the EDP Cup, the EDP Classic, and the Manalapan Memorial Day Tournament. We wish all of our teams safe travels, great games, and big wins! We wish all of our players, parents and coaches a very Happy Memorial Day weekend!  Good Luck to all!

 
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ARAUJO’S HAT TRICK LEADS THE NJ COPA FC MEN TO VICTORY
by posted 05/23/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


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ARAUJO’S HAT TRICK LEADS THE NJ COPA FC MEN TO VICTORY

METUCHEN, NJ -  On Saturday May 19th, the NJ COPA FC Men took on long time rivals Electric City Shock in Scranton PA. The Men were able to come away with three points to start off their season as their hard fought efforts gave them a 5-0 victory. One player in particular was an integral part to the team’s success, Raphael Araujo.

The captain took over in the game and was able to score a pair of goals along with one from Kevin Veliz to secure a 3-0 lead early in the first half. A goal from Anthony Ferrer and Araujo’s third were the two final goals to finish off the game. Araujo was a formidable presence on the field throughout the game. He commenced the scoring in the 26th minute followed by Veliz only two minutes after finding the back of the net in the 28th minute. Araujo then got back on the goal scoring sheet in fine fashion scoring in the 38th minute. The score remained at 3-0 at the half. At the start of the second half Electric City came out with dangerous attacking play but the NJ COPA FC defense kept them at bay. The Men got back to their goal scoring ways when Anthony Ferrer got his first goal of the season in the 56th minute. No one was better suited to score the fifth and final goal other than Araujo who became the hat trick hero in the 69th minute.

When asked about the team’s performance Head Coach Roberto Aguas stated, “I’m very pleased with how the team performed today. Electric City is a quality side and it is always a challenge when we play them. We executed our game plan well by moving the ball to create space for our attackers and we also showed real chemistry within our attacking build up play. This allowed us to be dangerous in front of goal which is something the coaches and I stressed in training because Electric City and every other team in the league have very good defensive players that could shut our attack down if we let them. Overall, I’m happy with the result and we’ll start preparing for our next match against Atlantic City.”

Captain Raphael Araujo when asked about the team’s win stated, “It was a great win for the team, it is always important to start off league play with a convincing win. We have a very talented and experienced squad and we were able to move the ball well and create some dangerous opportunities against an opponent who is very well organized. I’m happy with our performance and I am very excited for the season ahead.”

The Men will look to capitalize off this win as they prepare for their next test on Wednesday, May 30th when they take on Atlantic City FC.   

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

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FC COPA ACADEMY GIRLS NPL WRAP UP THE SEASON ON A GREAT NOTE
by posted 05/22/2018


Our girls teams continued their success on the field this past weekend as they faced the Alleycats SC, of Albany, NY at our home fields of Rutgers University.

G03 Black (4-0): FC Copa Academy girls accomplished winning the EDP NPL North division against the #2 team in the country, the Alleycats this past Sunday. They played with good control, technique and grit which has reflected the work they have been doing off the field at training the past few weeks. The G03 Black is the only team in the academy to go undefeated in the NPL league. This game counted as an EDP Open Cup Match, therefore this win leads the team to the semifinals.

G02 (0-0): The G02 have also had a great spring in the NPL finishing just shy of an NPL title and we are very proud of their accomplishments throughout the season. The girls were able to not only win games, but win in style and it was a massive step in the right direction for this team. The final game score was 0-0 between FC Copa Academy and the Alleycats.

G01 (2-1): The FC Copa Academy girls 01 won their game 2-1 against the Alleycats.

The team went down early in the match off of a penalty kick, but battled through the tough weather conditions to come back to the final score, 2-1.  

 
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NJ COPA FC FUTSAL COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN IN FINE FASHION
by posted 05/21/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)

 


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


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NJ COPA FC FUTSAL COMES FROM BEHIND TO WIN IN FINE FASHION AGAINST COLUMBUS FUTSAL

METUCHEN, NJ - On Sunday May 20th, the NJ COPA FC Futsal team took on Columbus Futsal in a roller-coaster of a game that saw the NJ COPA FC attack in tremendous form winning the game five to four over the visitors.

The NJ COPA FC Futsal team knew they were taking on tough competition in Columbus but they were prepared mentally and physically for the challenge ahead. Both teams started the game with high intensity and were moving the ball at a fast one-two-touch rate to make for some mesmerizing play. Unfortunately, Columbus came out strong early on and put away two consecutive goals. NJ COPA FC struggled to find their rhythm until late in the first half when Louis Silva gave a great individual effort taking on two defenders and slotting it home past the keeper.

The second half was another story for the NJ COPA FC Futsal team. The attack mindedness that has given them so much success in the past was very present in the team’s play. In the 25th minute Bryan Carabali gave life to NJ COPA FC by putting in the equalizer to make it 2-2. Columbus however wouldn’t back down so easy as they put the pressure on NJ COPA FC and responded with a goal putting them ahead 3-2. NJ COPA FC kept on fighting and found a way to get another goal off the foot of Kevin Mendez making it 3-3. In the 31st minute Columbus found their fourth and final goal making it 4-3. The players persevered and equalized right away off wonderful team play which lead to Bryan Carabali once again finding the back of the net. The teams battled for the final eight minutes and with only 23.5 seconds left Francisco Corral became the hero netting the game winner. This was a fitting end for a hard fought match between two amazing teams.

After the thrilling win Head Coach Steve Lengen stated, “We knew Columbus would be tough competition, having just beaten Lansing who are very good. Columbus fought valiantly and their great style of play made for a very exciting game of futsal. Both sides had tons of chances that were kept at bay by absolutely amazing goalkeeping on both ends. There were some fantastic goals from both teams, it was fast, intense, and everything that makes this sport great. The defensive discipline was the key to the result in the end. We struggled in the first half, conceding two quickly, but once we tightened up, we allowed ourselves to start chipping away at their lead. The players implemented our halftime discussion topics very well, and used their attacking creativity to create some beautiful goals. We’ll be looking forward to what should be two more exciting matches in Lansing and Columbus this weekend."   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 

 

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FC COPA ACADEMY GIRLS TEAMS HAVE ANOTHER STRONG NPL WEEKEND
by posted 05/21/2018


FC COPA ACADEMY GIRLS TEAMS HAVE ANOTHER STRONG NPL WEEKEND

METUCHEN, NJ -  Four out of five FC Copa Academy girls teams finished with victories in NPL weekend games. The games were held at Pio Costa in Fairfield, NJ. It was a great NPL day as we took on TSF Academy, a quality club.   

U14 G04 Black (3-2: Win) An excellent victory for the G04 Black coming from behind to beat a very technical and fast TSF side. After going down 2-0 early on in the game it was a struggle to find rhythm due to difficul conditions. After making some tactical changes we put the opponent under more pressure. The team worked hard and battled back by scoring the game winner with only 2 minutes left in the game.

U15 G03 Black (3-2: Win) The G03s struggled to create space and move the ball effectively in the first 20 minutes of the game resulting in a let down which gave our opponent a 1-0 lead early in the game. After regaining some of the momentum the girls went on to converted 2 goals on well executed set plays to take the lead. Next weekend we are playing the top two teams, which will determine the champion.

U16 G02 Black (2-1: Loss) With an uncharasteristic number of mistakes the G02 ended the day with a loss against TSF. Although the team showed good moments, we were not able to find enough of the game to set the tione or create the impact necessary for it to go our way.

U17 G01 Black (4-1: Win) We are very proud of the G01 Black coming out with a strong victory on a rainy Sunday night. The weather and field conditions made it difficult for our girls to execute our game plan of moving the ball to find 1v1 situations in the attacking third. We are very happy with the outcome of the game after playing 3 intense matches in 3 straight days.

U18/U19 G99/00 Black (6-0: Win) With significant focus put on creating spaces and passing lanes the G99/00 found great success in the match ending the first half with a 2-0 lead. In the second half the success continued as we  saw six goals coming from four different player, which helped balance our attack. This shutout win secured the EDP NPL North Division lead which now sets up a clash with the leader of the EDP NPL South, who is currently the #2 team in Maryland.

Current Status

  • U14 G04 Black: 5th place in the NPL.

  • U15 G03 Black: 1st place in the NPL.

  • U16 G02 Black: Tied for first place in the NPL.

  • U17 G01 Black: 3rd place in the NPL.

  • U18/U19 G99/00 Black: 1st place in the NPL.

We wish all of our teams goodluck in their upcoming games this weekend. We are looking forward to another exciting and great weekend in the NPL!

 

 
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NJ COPA FC MEN LOOK TO TAKE DOWN RIVALS ELECTRIC CITY SHOCK
by posted 05/17/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen  

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex. 205)

 


 

2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NJ COPA FC MEN LOOK TO TAKE DOWN RIVALS ELECTRIC CITY SHOCK

METUCHEN, NJ - After their home opener was postponed, the NJ COPA FC Men’s team is amped up and eager to hit the pitch to start their season. On Saturday May 19th the Men will be traveling up to Southside Athletic Complex in Scranton PA to take on one of their league rivals, Electric City Shock at 6:30pm. These two teams have a storied past and always come to play when they face each other. We’re excited to see yet another intense matchup between the two clubs.  

Last season NJ COPA FC was the dominate club, defeating Electric City Shock all three times they clashed. In league play last season NJ COPA FC came away with a hard fought  2-1 victory. Tensions were high as the teams came to play each other later on in the season but NJ COPA FC was in form and took Electric City down with a commanding 1-0 win. The final time these two rivals would meet in the 2016-2017 season would be in the conference semifinals. Both sides were fighting hard to get to the finals and the score was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation. In a thrilling overtime victory, NJ COPA FC was able to find a way to once again defeat their rivals and continue on to the finals.

NJ COPA FC’s Head Coach Roberto Aguas knows that Electric City will be working twice as hard as they were last year to beat NJ COPA FC this time around. When asked about the upcoming match he said, “Electric City is a quality side that has given us trouble in the past and we know they’ll be coming for us. It is our job to prepare as we usually do, get focused up, and then execute come Saturday. These three points are crucial in order for us to get the season off on the right foot.” Saturday is shaping up to be a great match and we’re looking forward to seeing NJ COPA FC come away with the win.  

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at steve.lengen@fccopa.com or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 

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NJ COPA FC WOMEN LOOK TO GET A STRONG START TO THE SEASON
by posted 05/16/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen  

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex. 205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NJ COPA FC WOMEN LOOK TO GET A STRONG START TO THE SEASON

METUCHEN, NJ - The Women of New Jersey Copa FC have been training vigorously and have been patiently waiting for their chance to get out on the pitch. This Friday May 18th, they will get their chance when they travel to FSA Park in Farmington CT to take on the Connecticut Fusion at 7pm.

NJ COPA FC will be looking to seize their opportunity and get three points as they gear up to play the Connecticut Fusion. This opening match will be a big test for the Women, but with the return of players such as Jackie Bruno,  Jeanine Nunez, and Camille Bowen alongside the young and eager alumni from the FC COPA Academy Celeste the Women look to be in great form and ready to go on Friday.

When asked about the upcoming match on Friday Head Coach Roberto Aguas stated, “We have been working diligently to be prepared for our first match of the season. Our team has come together well with a combination of New Jersey Copa FC veterans, some seasoned collegiate additions as wella s some very talented products from our Academy. Although new to the league, we expect this first year team to be competitive from the start and be a good barometer of where we are . Last week’s results versus New England showed exactly that. Our goal is to be prepared mentally and physically because no game in this league is easy.”

Despite being new to the league, Connecticut Fusion has deep soccer roots, specifically with two individuals who are viewed as soccer royalty. JP Dellacamera and Shep Messing are the founding directors of the Connecticut Fusion. Both of these men have vast amounts of soccer knowledge and with that created Connecticut Fusion. With these two at the helm of Connecticut Fusion their stay in the UWS looks bright and we are looking forward to playing them and becoming apart of their history.   

Associate Head Coach Andrew Giallombardo stated, “We are eager to play our first match after our home opener was postponed due to a thunderstorm that passed through New Jersey. The energy amongst the group has been sky high and the players are itching to go. We understand how important every single match is in the UWS and are hoping to get started on the right foot. We know the Fusion will not make it easy for us but we are excited to get underway.”

The fans, players, and coaches are all excited for Friday’s game and we wish the best of luck to the NJ COPA FC Women as they begin this new UWS League campaign.

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at steve.lengen@fccopa.com or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 

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NEW JERSEY COPA FC MEN ANNOUNCE 2018 ROSTER
by posted 05/15/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

steve.lengen@fccopa.com

732-662-5202 (ex.205)


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW LOOK FOR NJ COPA FC MEN'S TEAM KICKS UP FOR  2018 SEASON

METUCHEN, NJ -  The 2018 season for the NJ Copa FC NPSL Men's Team is off to a fresh start. They had many successes last year, which included winning the league. This win has attracted a number of high caliber player, who we are excited to have. The players have tremendous experience playing in the NPSL and beyond. The new players joining the team are Rodrigo Santiago, Jonathan Yazo, Joaquin Escudero, and Dennis Correa.

Returning captain Rapha Araujo, who plays as a forward for our team was featured on ESPN Top Plays last year. This will be Rapha’s third year with the group. Last year he scored 11 goals along with 2 assists for NJ Copa FC.

Other players that will be returning to the squad is our center back pairing of Nick Sica (Kean University) and Jonathan Firmino (Georgian Court). A solid partnership that is experienced and understands one another well. A key asset to our team is Gerald Cubero a young, energetic, midfielder, who can break down an opponent's defenses with his movements and individual abilities. Other returning players are Angelo Jack, Kevin Veliz, Mike Moreno, and Daniel Pizzimenti.

Head Coach Bill Englishby enthusiastically stated “We are looking forward to another historic year in NJ Copa FC's history. We have a good mix of youth and experience to take into the NPSL season and are looking forward to beginning the campaign on Saturday against Atlantic City FC.”

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, General Manager, at steve.lengen@fccopa.com or 732-662-5202 (ex.205)  

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

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NEW JERSEY COPA FC HOME OPENER POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
by posted 05/12/2018


Unfortunately, tomorrow’s home opener for both our Women's and Men's teams have been postponed due to weather concerns. As soon as it is rescheduled, we will announce the make up date. Looking ahead our new home opener will be June 2, 2018 ! We wish everyone a fantastic Mother's Day Weekend. #wearecopa

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NEW JERSEY COPA FC UWS ROSTER REVEAL 2018
by posted 05/10/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR THE NEW JERSEY COPA FC WOMEN

METUCHEN, NJ - The Women of NJ COPA FC seek to have an even better season than they did last year. To do this they’ll look to their veteran players, new important signings, and up and coming young players to achieve the goals they’ve set out for.

Leading the Women on this much anticipated season is veteran captain Jackie Bruno. Jackie has been with the club since it was formed back in 2016 and has been an integral part in the success that the team has had. An absolute force in the midfield and up top, Jackie can generate goal scoring opportunities for her teammates and can also be a deadly finisher when she gets the chance. She is definitely a key player for the Women’s side and we’re looking forward to seeing her help lead the team to glory this season. Jackie commented on her return to the 2018 season saying "Playing in the uws these past two seasons has been a great experience and I’m excited to return to play with Copa. They create a professional and family oriented environment and Im looking forward to another successful season."

Another veteran returning to help further the success of the NJ COPA FC Women is striker Jeanine Nunez. At Adelphi University where Jeanine plays, she played in all 19 games and started 18 up top. She lead the team in goals with 12 on the season. Jeanine’s goal scoring prowess is something that will definitely help the NJ COPA FC Women thrive in the league and in the playoffs beyond. This is shaping up to be Jeanine’s best season with NJCFC yet.

Even though there are a couple of returning players for the Women's side, there are a few new faces that fans will become very familiar with. One of these new faces is Mallensy Vargas from NJCU. A sophomore at NJCU, Mallensy is a dominant midfielder that brings lots of energy and grace to the game. Even though she plays in the midfield Mallensy still has a nose for goal. In a game against Brooklyn College she scored a hattrick showing she can do it all. Mallensy will be a great addition to the Women’s side.

Last and definitely not least is a very talented group of young players who have already achieved so much at the college level and are now looking to achieve new goals and reach new heights with NJCFC. The Women’s side is delighted to add former Celeste and FC COPA Academy alumni Sydney Cummings (Brown University), Christina Rodgers (Providence College), Alexis Williams (George Washington), Andrea Leitner (Albany), Katarina Nilsson (North Eastern), Katrina Demary (NJIT), and Jenny Callaghan (NJIT) to the roster for the upcoming UWS season. This group of girls was the core of the powerhouse Celeste team which was the ranked #1 in the state, #1 in the region, and #1 in the nation. We are very ecstatic that these girls have decided to come back to where it all began and help add their talents to an already outstanding UWS roster.  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

For more information, please feel free to contact Xander Saling, Public Relations Associate, at acsaling@loyola.edu or (973) 900-7321

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 

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NEW JERSEY COPA FC KICKS OFF THE 2018 SEASON ON 5/12
by posted 05/09/2018


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202


2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now! Single game tickets, as well as season passes, are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW JERSEY COPA FC MEN AND WOMEN LOOKING TO IMPROVE OFF STELLAR SEASONS

METUCHEN, NJ - With the 2018 season approaching both Men’s and Women’s sides are looking forward to taking the NPSL AND USW by storm once again. Both sides had incredible seasons and will be looking forward to improving upon their successes in the season to come.  

The Women will be defending their home turf as they take on the Long Island Rough Riders at 4:30pm on Saturday at St. John Vianney High School. The Men will also start their campaign Saturday at home as they take on Atlantic City FC at 7:00pm. New Jersey Copa FC, will be playing out of Saint John Vianney High School for the Men’s and Women’s season openers. Due to a field availability issue the remainder of all NJ COPA FC home games will be played at Mercer County Community College. NJCFC is scheduled for five regular season home games, as well as five away games.

“I think this will be a excellent opportunity for both teams to maximize their potential and continue to build the momentum that they developed last season,” said Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “Both the Men and the Women will be facing top notch opponents, in Long Island Rough Riders and Atlantic City. The players are eager to get out on the field this Saturday and make a statement about who they want to be in this league.”

The Men posted a dominate season last year with a record of 8-2-2 and placed top of the conference leading into the playoffs. The Men looked in form as they took down Electric City FC in a thrilling conference semi final in which they won 2-1 in overtime. Unfortunately, the Men fell to Clarkstown in a 3-1 loss in the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite the tough loss in the conference finals the Men showed they had the talent to propel them to great heights in the NPSL, and showcased their potential to make an even deeper run in 2018. Despite having only a few returning starters the Men have a new group of very talented and experienced players from around the league joining the club. With this new look NJCFC side the Men are looking to build and improve upon the success of last season.

In their Home Opener on May 13th, 2017, the NJCFC Women dominated the Rochester Lancers with a commanding 6-0 win. This set the precedent for how the Women were going to attack the season. They continued their winning ways over the course of the 2017 season and ended league play with a record of 8-2-1 going into the playoffs. The Women faced league rivals and 2018 home opener Long Island Rough Riders in the Eastern Conference Finals where their campaign ended with a heartbreaking loss. This has only been a motivator for the Women as they gear up start the 2018 campaign and make a run for the conference title as they did in their inaugural season back in 2016.

ABOUT NJCFC

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

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For more information, please feel free to contact Xander Saling, Public Relations Associate, at acsaling@loyola.edu or (973) 900-7321

www.njcopafc.com

34 Bridge Street, Suite 34

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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NEW JERSEY COPA FC ANNOUNCES SPRING 2018 TRYOUTS
by posted 05/03/2018


METUCHEN, NJ - The semi-professional soccer franchise New Jersey Copa FC has announced that it will hold Spring 2018 Tryouts in May at Rutgers University Park.

Tryout Dates: 5/8, 5/10, 5/15, 5/17

Time:  9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Location: Rutgers University Park
656 Bartholomew Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854


“Going into our third year of existence, the expectations are higher than ever,” explained Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “We’ve achieved an impressive number of successes on both the Men’s & Women’s side, with finishes as 2016 UWS National Finalists, 2016 NPSL Regional Finalists, and 2017 UWS & NPSL Regular Season and Conference Champions. We have all the building blocks in place to have another fantastic year, and we can’t wait to get started.”

In the 2017 offseason on both the Men’s & the Women’s side, New Jersey Copa FC & the Elite Collegiate Program has seen two players earn prestigious All-American Honors - Jeanine Nunez playing for Adelphi University, and Achim Younker playing for Johns Hopkins University. Countless more have made huge impacts for their collegiate teams, such as Mike Prosuk at Ohio State, Sydney Cummings at Brown University, Modou Sowe at Rowan University, Katrina Nyugen-DeMary and Jenny Callaghan at NJIT, Jonathan Firmino at Georgian Court, Andrea Leitner at UAlbany, Alexis Williams at George Washington and Christina Rodgers at Providence.

In addition to the accolades from the collegiate players, six more members of NJCFC who have already graduated signed professional contracts in the off-season: 2016 UWS Player of the Year Krystyna Freda to Barcelona FA in Cyprus, Jenny Bitzer to Durham FC in England, Kristen Shea and Rebecca Raber to FF Lugano in Switzerland, Phoenetia Browne to UMF Sindri in Iceland (where she was joined by Bitzer for five weeks leading up to Durham’s season) and Matt Perrella to the USL-side Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC and the tryouts, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

ABOUT NJCFC

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at   or (732) 662-5202.

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FC COPA ACADEMY ALUMNA, SYDNEY CUMMINGS, TO PLAY WITH GUYANA
by posted 05/03/2018


FC Copa Academy Alumna, Sydeny Cummings, will play for Guyana in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Sydney is currently a freshman at Brown Univeristy after graduating from FC Copa Academy in 2017. She joins elite compay of former FC Copa Academy players who have gone on to represent their countries at the international level. This past season at Brown University she earned a number of accolades including Second Team All Ivy honors and earned the team’s Arlene Gorton ’52 Rookie of the Year Award. 

Sydney commented on this recent accomplishment saying "It is an honor to reprsent your country at the international level. I am excited to see the level of play and compete with some of the best players in the game today. FC Copa Academy has prepared me and given me a great foundation to take on these challenges in my career. I am very thankful for that and look forward to helping Guyana qualify for the World Cup." 

In her time at FC Copa Academy Sydney played for a very successful Celeste team which went on to be known as the FC Copa Academy Girls 1999/98 Black. Their success was impressive in their time here and Syndey was a pivitol leader and piece to the teams success. 

We wish Sydney the best as she heads down to play for Guyana!

For Full Story Please Visit: http://brownbears.com/sports/w-soccer/2017-18/releases/20180503h1q3aj 

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FC COPA ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SPRING CLINICS - REGISTER TODAY
by posted 04/30/2018



FC Copa Academy offers a number of clinics for our players as well as non-fccopa players. With our recent strategic multi year partnership we now are offering our clinics both at Rutgers University and Rowan University. Each respective clinic page has details for both locations. 

FC Copa Academy Upcoming Programs and Clinics

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Director of Clinics & Camps, Andrew Giallombardo, via email (andrew.giallombardo@fccopa.com)
 
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FC COPA ACADEMY NPL PREVIEW - APRIL 21-22
by posted 04/19/2018


Entering our third week in the NPL 2018 Spring Season, FC Copa Academy seeks to build on their success from last weekend on both the girls and boys side. This weekend the FC Copa Academy Boys NPL take on DEFC & Pipeline from Delaware on Saturday 4/21 and Sunday 4/22 respectively. The FC Copa Academy Girls NPL take on SJEB on Sunday 4/22 at our home fields of Rutgers University.

Last weekend the FC Copa Academy Boys NPL played Cedar Stars and Ironbound, two solid matchups as we head into the heart of the season. Saturday our boys notched three key wins against Cedar Stars ( Boys 2003s won 3-0, Boys 2002s won 7-0, Boys 2000s won 5-0). On the second day of the NPL weekend we were able to grab two more wins against Ironbound (Boys 2003s 2-0, Boys 2000s 4-0). Looking at the standings up until this point of the season, the Boys 2003s stand in 5th place with 9 point after 5 games played and the Boys 2000s are in 4th with 12 points after 5 games.

The FC Copa Academy Girls NPL went for a clean sweep of Jersey United. Leading off the day with our Girls 2004s who grabbed a 6-0 win. The Girls 2003s followed it up with a 4-0 win and then a 5-0 win by the Girls 2002s. The club ended the day with two more wins from our oldest girls teams. A 2-0 win for the Girls 2001s and a 3-1 win for the Girls 2000s. After two games the standings for the Girls NPL are as follows: Girls 2004 (2nd Place) , Girls 2003 (1st Place) , Girls 2002 (1st Place) , Girls 2001 (1st Place) & Girls 2000 (1st Place).

We look forward to another great weekend in the NPL!

 
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FC COPA ACADEMY MEETS BROWNIE TROOP 80007 FROM METUCHEN, NJ
by posted 04/17/2018


On Tuesday, April 17, Lori Berman, VP and Director of Academic Guidance at FC Copa Academy, was invited by the Troop leaders to visit Campbell school in Metuchen, NJ to meet with Brownie Troop 80007, a fun and intelligent group of second and third grade girls!  

It was a great hour spent together discussing and sharing how we, as young women, grow to find our passion, overcome obstacles in life and be ourselves!  Whether it is through sports, music, art, etc.. we want to grow the self confidence of our young women by helping them understand how to be strong, find what brings them happiness and have the courage to be themselves!

We spoke about how life can present hurdles and that we want to push through, be positive and look at these times as opportunities to grow!   We then “jumped over hurdles” as a physical demonstration of what we can accomplish as strong young women! The girls were excited to participate in this fun exercise and we know they will continue to grow as terrific young ladies!

 

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NJ COPA FC MENS FUTSAL KICKS OFF PRO NLPF SEASON
by posted 04/06/2018


The New Jersey Copa FC Men's Futsal team kicks off their professional season this weekend against NY Ecuador. The NLPF season started earlier this year with the NLPF Winter Series dow in Atltantic City, New Jersey. The New Jersey Copa FC Men finished as finalists in the event and look to carry that success into the 2018 season. Come out and support your New Jersey Copa FC Men's Futsal team this Sunday at 7:00 PM. Below we have provided the information for Sunday's game. 

 

NJ Copa FC vs NY Ecuador
Date: April 8th, 2018
Facility: College of Staten Island
Location: 2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY
Kickoff Time: 7:00 PM
#weareccopa
 

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HURRY TICKETS SELLING OUT: FC Copa Academy 13th Annual Banquet
by posted 04/04/2018


You are cordially invited to attend

FC Copa Academy’s 13th Anniversary Annual Banquet!

Save the date and come celebrate with us!

Friday, April 13th 7:00pm to 12:00am

PINES MANOR 2085 Lincoln Highway Edison NJ 08817


ORDER YOUR TICKETS VIA THIS LINK


Since our inception in 2005 FC Copa has held an annual banquet for players, parents, and staff, to enjoy a night together off the field, celebrate the successes of the year and years past, and strengthen the culture of the club.

Over the past fourteen years, we have seen the club grow from 3 teams to nearly 50, the banquet attendees have increased from a mere 50 guests to over 700! We have celebrated numerous state, regional, and national titles, and over 325 players placed into over 150 of the top colleges and universities across the U.S. Those achievements, in just a 14-year span, are truly remarkable and it is a testament to everyone involved, past, present, and future. We cannot be more excited to celebrate with you, as you all are apart of it this great journey filled with success!

Our banquets have featured an elegant, fun filed, and captivating evening of events, food and beverage, prizes, awards, music, and dancing.  This year's event will be no different as we go above and beyond, with even more prizes and awards, special guest speakers, new inductees into our hall of fame, recognition of our players and teams who have won a state, regional and national championships.


Last year's annual banquet set a record for attendance with over 700 people in the audience. We are looking forward to even higher numbers this year, however, there is a cap on the number of people who can attend. Please make sure to purchase your tickets as early as possible as we do not want anyone to miss out on this extraordinary event. We hope to see everyone there!

Hurry and order your tickets via this link. 

Cost for players and parents are $50 each, be sure to purchase your tickets right away as tickets will sell out! We need to provide an accurate headcount to the Pines Manor so they can accommodate our families on this special night.


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PINES MANOR 2085 Lincoln Highway Edison NJ 08817

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EDP 2018 SPRING CLASSIC RECAP
by posted 03/20/2018


This past weekend, March 16th - March 18th, multiple FC Copa Academy teams represented the academy at the EDP Spring Classic.  The G06 Red finished as Champions of the tournament alongside the B04 Black South, who finished as Finalists, the B04 Black, which came in 3rd place, and lastly the B01 Red, who walked away in 4th place.

The G06 Red tied their first game against Eastern Pike SC Revolution 2-2 before winning 2-0 in their next game later that day against The NJ Stallions. The next day they had the same turnout, tying their first game 0-0 against GPS NJ Clearview and eventually securing a win 3-0 against GPS NJ Central, leading them to walk away as Champions of the tournament.

"This team has really bought in to the style we are trying to play,” Said Coach Steve Lengen.   “The energy they brought to each game and their execution of what they've been working on in training was the key to their success this weekend.  I'm incredibly proud of their progress and couldn't be happier for them."

Next up the B04 Black South walked away as Finalists of the tournament by winning 4-1 against German American Kickers Havoc after previously winning against Council Rock United FC Bucks Force and Keystone Athletic Grifos, and tying against Premier AC PAC Elite.

The B04 Black finished in 3rd place, starting out with a win against the Alleycats SC Chivas.  In their second game on the same day they tied Monroe TWP YS United 1-1 before losing their next game 1-0 to the HBC American Outlaws.  Later that day, they played Montgomery United SC Union and secured a win 1-0 landing them in 3rd place.

Lastly, the B01 Red competed, winning their first game of the tournament 2-1 against Americas United Napoli and then scoring two more wins on the second day of the tournament before winning against the Cedar Stars 1-0 securing their spot in 3rd place.

“It’s been a great weekend for our teams,” exclaimed Executive Director of Coaching, Roberto Aguas.  “It is always great to see our teams compete and represent our academy and we are very happy with the way they came together and played this weekend.”

FC Copa Academy congratulates all teams that competed in the EDP Spring Classic, especially the G06 Black, and the B04 Black South on their finish as Champions and Finalists respectively.

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JEFFERSON CUP RECAP – G06 BLACK SOUTH JEFFERSON CUP CHAMPIONS
by posted 03/20/2018


Last weekend, March 16th-18th, five different FC Copa Academy teams represented the academy in the Jefferson Cup Girls Weekend, a top-rated national tournament. Teams that showcased their skills at the Richmond-based tournament were, G07 Black, G06 Black South, G06 Black, G05 Black, and G04 Black.

The U12 G06 Black South finished as champions. In group play they defeated Charlotte SA, 3-1, and Cuyahoga Valley, 2-1, before knocking off SAC Premier 5-1 in the semifinals and Inter Atlanta FC 2-1 in the championship.

“We are so proud of how the girls played this weekend,” said Coach Justin Abbey.  “They played with confidence and had undeniable team chemistry, which was displayed by how they played and how they placed.”

G06 Black completed a successful two-win-weekend as semifinalists.  They won their first game 3-2 against Liverpool FC followed by a convincing 2-0 win over the Richmond Kickers. Despite leading in the final game of the weekend, G06 Black fell to FC Bucks 3-1 and fell just short of a finals appearance.

“This was one of the most composed I have seen this group,” explained Coach Matty Berman.  “The girls played well technically, smart tactically, and exhibited the fierce intensity this group is known for.”

At the U14 level- the oldest age group represented last weekend at Jefferson Cup- FC Copa G04 Black was able to avenge two hard fought first day losses by persevering for a thrilling 2-1 Sunday win over Syracuse DA.

G05 Black also found their rhythm on Sunday as they defeated Virginia Rush 3-2 to head home on a winning note. “Playing in such a prestigious tournament was an honor for our team,” said Coach Andrew Giallombardo. “It pushed our team to see the great competition that is out there so that we can train hard for upcoming games.  It was an overall great experience for our girls on and off the field.

In their first out-of-state tournament, U11 G07 Black were given an invaluable learning experience maintaining a busy schedule of team meetings, meals, and matches. Despite enduring three losses on the weekend, the team comes home poised for a successful spring.

“We are extremely proud of the teams that competed at the Jefferson Cup this weekend.” said Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas.  “We love the fight that all of our girls teams and coaches brought to Virginia! . As one of the top competitions in the country, the girls got to play against some amazing teams, spend quality time together bonding and continuing to grow together on and off the field."

FC Copa Academy congratulates all the competing teams from the Jefferson Cup this weekend, especially the U12 G06 Black South on their finish as Jefferson Cup Champions.

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JEFFERSON CUP PREVIEW - GIRLS WEEKEND U11 TO U14
by posted 03/15/2018


This coming weekend, March 16-18, we will see 5 of our girl's teams represent FC Copa Academy at the Jefferson Cup Girls Weekend.  This year at the competition, we will have the G07 Black competing along with three other FC Copa Academy teams, G06 Black, G06 Black South, G05 Black and G04 Black.

“We are very pleased to see our girls play at the Jefferson Cup this weekend,” said Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas.  “This is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country and our teams have been working hard and they are looking forward to bringing their best game to the tournament.”

“This weekend is a great first introduction to the professionalism of FC Copa Academy and it’s the first time that the G06 Black will be spending time for a tournament together,” said Coach Matty Berman.  “Having just taken over G04 also, it is clear that they will go down to Virginia and play with incredible passion. The roster is full of talented players and I know that they are excited to showcase their skills in a prestigious tournament, such as the Jefferson Cup”

Coach Justin Abbey will lead our G06 Black South team this weekend and shares the following, "The girls have been working very hard the past few months and are excited to put it all into play this upcoming weekend. This team has progressed technically in such a way that their confidence on the ball is exciting to watch. We look forward to representing our club and all the teams in our south program in the highest way possible."

“The G05 Black have been training extremely hard and are well prepared for the Jefferson Cup,” said Coach Andrew Giallombardo.  “It will be a great measuring stick to see the team’s progress over the last year and we are excited to come to an event of this magnitude with only a few weeks until we open our EDP league season.”

“The G07 Black have been looking forward to attending the Jefferson Cup for the first time,” commented Coach John Sherwin.  “We have been working really hard to prepare ourselves for this and we’re looking forward to having a good showing to represent the club this year.”

FC Copa Academy wishes all five teams competing, the very best of luck this weekend at The Jefferson Cup!

 
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THE JEFFERSON CUP RECAP – B07 BLACK JEFFERSON CUP CHAMPIONS
by posted 03/13/2018


Last weekend, March 9th-11th, four different FC Copa Academy teams represented the academy in the Jefferson Cup, one of the most top-rated tournaments in the country.  New to the cup were our teams, the B06 Black and the B07 Black, our youngest team at the academy to ever compete in the tournament, which finished as Champions. Returning to the cup were the B03 Black and the B03 Black South.

The U15 B03 Black South tied 1-1 SCS United Elite and later tied again 3-3 GPS Lexington SA 03 Gold before eventually undergoing a loss of 4-1 after heading up against Liverpool FC IA-MI 03 Fowler.  

Next up was U15 B03 Black, who lost their first game 2-0 against Piedmont Triad FC 03 Black before tying against SAC Showcase Premier with a game of 0-0 on the same day. On Sunday, they had better luck winning against Atletico FC Boys 2003 with a score of 2-0, where they ended as Semi-Finalists.

Our younger teams performed very well as first-timers at The Jefferson Cup.  The B06 Black won their first game against Arlington SA 2006B White with a score of 2-1 before tying 2-2 against Bethesda SC South Green 06.  On Sunday, they endured a loss of 1-0 against WCWAA Black.

Lastly, the U11 B07 Black walked away as Champions of the tournament, leaving as the youngest Champions in Copa history to win the Jefferson Cup.  They won their first game with a score of 3-2 against the Wilmington Hammerheads before playing against NCFC 07 Red North and winning the game 3-1.  They finished the weekend off securing their last win with a score of 4-3 landing them in first place.

“We are extremely pleased with how our youngest team played,” said Coach Andrew Santos.  “This team came together and played with confidence and bravery. They were able to not only enjoy this event on the field, but also off the field on their first away trip together."

FC Copa Academy congratulates all the competing teams from the Jefferson Cup this weekend, especially the U11 B07 Black on their finish as Jefferson Cup Champions.

 
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FC COPA ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NORTH SPRING TRYOUTS - 2018-19 SEASON
by posted 03/09/2018


JOIN FC COPA ACADEMY AND BE PART OF A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
AND COLLEGIATE PLACEMENT ACADEMY. CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR ALUMNI LIST
 

Players who are dedicated and committed to furthering their soccer development will find FC Copa Academy to be the ideal home. Our focus is on helping players to reach their maximum potential through a structured, progressive and proven curriculum. While playing top level competition will be a given, the necessity to win every game is not a goal - we view winning as a result. Development of a complete player is the goal.

Our goal as an elite soccer academy is to help each and every player reach their true potential, from our youngest age groups to our oldest adult teams. Our youngest players benefit from coaches who love the game, and who look to instill a love of the game in each team member. Our coaches are highly qualified and trained specifically to ensure a positive, rewarding experience for each player as they look to lay the building blocks on which to continue to player development as they grow.

FC Copa Academy players benefit from our tight-knit community of current // alumni players and coaches. Unprecedented numbers of FC Copa Academy players have gone on to play collegiate soccer, and the newly-formed Pro-Am New Jersey Copa FC franchise allows our players the platform to continue to compete at the highest level.

Player Evaluations will be conducted by birth year as listed in the tables below. Current teams may also selectively evaluate players by invitation to team training sessions. If you require additional information or have any questions please contact us via  
 
All prospective players are required to complete an Evaluation Information Form before attending a tryout so we can expedite your check in at the field and so we are able to communicate any changes or updates in the schedule. 
 

In line with the US Soccer Age Group Mandate, FC Copa Academy will be holding tryouts for the 2017-2018 season based on the players birth year. Please see the table below for the dates, times, and locations for the specific tryout dates by players birth year. 

 

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY (FC COPA ACADEMY NORTH)
BOYS TEAMS

 

 GIRLS TEAMS

AGE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION 

AGE

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

2011 4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Rutgers Sports Club 2011 4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Rutgers Sports Club
2010 4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Rutgers Sports Club 2010 4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Rutgers Sports Club

2009

4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers Sports Club

2009

4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers Sports Club

2008

4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers Sports Club

2008

4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers Sports Club

2007

4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers Sports Club

2007

4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers Sports Club

2006

4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers University Park

2006

4/10, 4/17 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers Sports Club

2005

4/11, 4/18 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Rutgers University Park 

2005

4/10, 4/17 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers University Park

2004

4/10, 4/17 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers Sports Club

2004

4/10, 4/17 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers University Park 

2003

4/10, 4/17 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers University Park

2003

4/10, 4/17 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers University Park

2002

4/11, 4/18 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Rutgers University Park

2002

4/11, 4/18 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Rutgers University Park

2001

4/11, 4/18 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Rutgers University Park

2001

4/10, 4/17 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Rutgers University Park

2000

4/11, 4/18 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Rutgers University Park

2000

4/10, 4/17 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Rutgers University Park

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JEFFERSON CUP 2018 PREVIEW - BOYS WEEKEND U11-U15
by posted 03/09/2018


This coming weekend, March 09-11, we will see 4 teams represent FC Copa Academy at The Jefferson Cup.  Returning to the cup, we will have the B03 Black South, who finished as Finalists in the 2017 Jefferson Cup, and the B03 Black, who left as Semi-Finalists in 2017.  In addition to our returners, we also have the B06 Black and the B07 Black, who are the youngest team to ever attend the event in the history of the academy.

“We are very pleased to be attending The Jefferson Cup this weekend,” said Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas.  “Our academy played against some great competition last weekend in the Manhattan Kick Off Classic and now we are looking forward to playing again with some of the best competition in the country in another top-rated tournament this weekend.”

FC Copa Academy wishes all four teams competing the very best of luck this weekend at The Jefferson Cup!

 
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MANHATTAN KOC – G00/99 & G01 BLACK CHAMP, G03 BLACK FINALISTS
by posted 03/06/2018


This past weekend, March 2nd - March 4th, eight different FC Copa Academy teams represented the academy at the Manhattan Kick Off Classic Driven by Yokohama.  The U19 G00/99 Black finished as Champions of the tournament alongside the U17 G01 Black, while the U15 G03 Black walked away from the tournament as Finalists.

The U19 G00/99 Black scored a win right off the get go where they won 5-1 up against New York SC.  They then headed up against East ISLIP SC Red Storm, where they won by a closer score of 3-2.

“It’s been a great weekend for our team,” exclaimed Executive Director of Coaching, Roberto Aguas.  “It was good to get some good competition before the Jefferson Cup and we are very happy with the way they came together and played this weekend.”

Next up the U17 G01 Black also walked away as Champions of the tournament by winning 2-0 against Manhattan SC Pride after tying the day before against SAC Premier Blue.

“I was very pleased with the way the girls played this weekend,” stated Coach Andrew Giallombardo.  “Given that it was the first tournament leading to the Spring season, we knew in the back of our minds that we weren’t going to be as fit as we could be but there was no denying the team chemistry and fighting spirit that enabled us to perform well.”

Lastly, the U15 G03 Black finished as Finalists of the tournament winning against TSF Academy 2003G before tying another game and eventually winning a third in the first outdoor competition of the Spring.

“We saw our teams playing well against some of the best teams in the region,” said Coach Aguas.  “Despite being a little bit rusty our team was able to pull through and play as a team and it showed.”

FC Copa Academy congratulates all eight competing teams from the Manhattan Kick Off Classic Driven by Yokohama this weekend, especially the U19 G00/99 Black, U17 G01 Black, and U15 G03 Black on their finish as Champions and Finalists respectively.

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MANHATTAN KICK OFF CLASSIC 2018 PREVIEW
by posted 03/02/2018


This coming weekend, March 02-04, we will see 8 NPL teams represent FC Copa Academy at the Manhattan Kick Off Classic Driven by Yokohama.  Competing in the Top Bracket at Manhattan are the G00 Black, who finished as Champions in 2017, the B03 Black, who finished as Semi-Finalists in 2017. The G03 Black, G01 Black, and B00 Black will also see themselves in Top Brackets this weekend. Also returning to play at the Manhattan KOC Showcase are the B02 Black, who finished as Finalists in 2017, the B01 Black and the G02 Black.

“We are excited to get started with our first outdoor competition of the Spring,” said Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas.  “We will be kicking off the Spring playing against some of the top competition in the northeast, in addition to anticipating numerous college coaches in attendance, this is definitely an exciting time for our teams.”

FC Copa Academy wishes all eight teams competing the very best of luck this weekend at the Manhattan Kick Off Classic Driven by Yokohama!

 
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G01 BLACK STATE CHAMPIONS - G00 BLACK & B00 BLACK FINALISTS
by posted 02/26/2018


On Saturday, February 24th, three different FC Copa Futsal Academy teams represented the academy and placed in the Futsal State Cup.  The U17 G01 Black finished as State Cup Champions and the U19 B00 Black left as State Cup Finalists along with the U19 G00 Black.

The U19 B00 Black started with group play scoring two wins and one loss.  They then headed up against United Gold in the Semi-Finals, where they won before eventually undergoing a loss in the Finals when playing against STA.

“Great weekend and year for this group,” exclaimed FC Copa Futsal Academy Director and Coach, Andrew Giallombardo.  “A creative hard working team who wrap up their futsal careers here on a good note.  It was great to coach them and for our younger teams to watch them play each week and at regionals.  We look forward to seeing them outdoors this Spring as they get ready to play at the college level in the fall.”

Next up was U19 G00 Black walked away as State Cup Finalists after winning three matches in the group stage and enduring one loss against in a Round Robin style tournament, where they eventually finished in 2nd in the standings.

“A hard fought day from the group who had to battle through a ton of challenges and continued to play together to get results,” said Andrew Santos, FC Copa Futsal Academy Coach.  “This team will wrap up their Futsal careers with another top finish adding to their number of state and regional titles. Although we didn't reach our goal on the day we still had something to be proud of. A lot of these players will be playing at the next level this coming Fall so we can not wait to see what they will do this Spring outdoors."

Lastly, the U17 G01 Black walked away as 2018 NJ Futsal State Cup Champions after they scoring an impressive four wins in group play, enduring no losses, landing them at the top of their group in the Round Robin style tournament.

“To repeat as state cup champions is a great achievement to begin with,” stated Coach Andrew Giallombardo.  “We played some real tough competition last weekend at the Northeast Regionals and fell short of qualifying by one game.  We knew this week we would have to be at our best to win it and the girls were fantastic from the first kick.

FC Copa Academy congratulates all the competing teams from the Futsal State Cup this weekend, especially the U19 B00 Black, U19 G00 Black, and U17 G01 Black on their finish as State Cup Finalists and State Cup Champion respectively.

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NJCFC WOMEN CROWNED US FUTSAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
by posted 02/22/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202

 

2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now!

Single game tickets, as well as season passes,

are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

NJCFC WOMEN CROWNED US FUTSAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONS

 

METUCHEN, NJ - The New Jersey Copa FC Women have captured the US Futsal Northeast Regional Championship.

 

“Our teams made history this weekend,” started Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “In only our second year of existence as a professional futsal franchise, we went into this tournament as the new kids on the block going up against long-established regional powerhouses. We proved to everyone exactly what we are capable of, with our Men finishing as Regional Finalists and our Women winning the Regional Championship.

 

The annual US Futsal Northeast Regional Championships, which was held at the Atlantic City Convention Center, took place over President’s Day weekend. NJCFC represented the top of the FC Copa Academy player development pyramid, bringing the total of teams representing the club at Regionals up to 23.

 

The NJCFC Women played first, kicking off the weekend with an 8:00am match against the Metropolitan Ballers on Saturday morning, which ended in a 4-4 tie. Next up in group play was a 7-1 win over Coastal Futsal on Saturday afternoon. After their first two results, the NJCFC Women needed to win by 7 goals in their final group game to make it through to the Finals.

 

Going up against Brazuca Futsal, the NJCFC Women found themselves tied 1-1 with about ten minutes left in the game. Knowing what they needed to achieve for the goal differential, the NJCFC erupted to score 7 straight unanswered goals in the waning minutes of the game, securing their spot in the Regional Finals.

 

The Regional Finals, which kicked off on Monday afternoon against SUSA Futsal, was a hotly contested match-up from the start. The game was tied for a large majority of the match, first at 3-3, then finishing at 4-4 after a PK goal by #2 Jeanine Nunez sent the game into overtime. After two OT periods finished in a tie, the Regional Championship went into penalty kicks.

 

What followed was a crazy flurry of clutch goals and saves by both teams, lasting for what felt like forever in a penalty kick shootout like none other that any player or coach had ever seen before. NJCFC’s goalkeeper, #1 Kristyn Shea, came up huge with four saves throughout the PK’s, while #14 Monique Goncalves, #2 Jeanine Nunez and #7 Camille Bowen all converted multiple shots. In the end, it was Bowen who scored the winning penalty kick following Shea’s fourth save, securing the 11-10 PK shootout win and the NJCFC Regional Championship.

 

“In my three decades of coaching, I’ve never seen a performance quite like that one,” said Aguas. “Words cannot describe how proud of these women I am. They never gave up, and never lost their belief that they would get it done in the end for each other. They’re a very special group of players, and we’re so excited to see what they can accomplish this summer in the UWS.”

 

“I'm so proud of my team for staying as a unit and completing what we came here for,” said Bowen. “Each girl played a huge role in our success. I wouldn't have wanted to win with any other team!”

 

“"Winning the Regional Championship was an unforgettable experience,” said Goalkeeper #1 Kristyn Shea. “It says a lot about COPA as a club and how it continues to grow & succeed at every level. There isn't any other group of girls I would have wanted to accomplish this with, and I am very proud of the effort we put forth collectively as a team.”

 

“Words cannot describe how proud I am of these women,” Aguas continued. “This team ultimately play for each other - they never give up on their teammates, which is the crucial ingredient for teams to be as successful as they have been. We are beyond excited to carry this energy over into our UWS season this summer.”

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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NJCFC MEN FINISH AS US FUTSAL REGIONAL FINALISTS
by posted 02/22/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202

 

2018 New Jersey Copa FC tickets are on sale now!

Single game tickets, as well as season passes,

are available for purchase here on our website- www.njcopafc.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

NJCFC MEN FINISH AS US FUTSAL REGIONAL FINALISTS

 

METUCHEN, NJ - The New Jersey Copa FC Men have finished the US Futsal Northeast Regional Finalists.

 

“Our teams made history this weekend,” started Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “In only our second year of existence as a professional futsal franchise, we went into this tournament as the new kids on the block going up against long-established regional powerhouses. We proved to everyone exactly what we are capable of, with our Men finishing as Regional Finalists and our Women winning the Regional Championship.”

 

The annual US Futsal Northeast Regional Championships, which was held at the Atlantic City Convention Center, took place over President’s Day weekend. NJCFC represented the top of the FC Copa Academy player development pyramid, bringing the total of teams representing the club at Regionals up to 23.

 

The NJCFC Men started later than the Women, playing only one game on Saturday afternoon ahead of two matches on Sunday.

 

The NJCFC Men opened up group play at 10:10pm on Saturday with a 6-3 win over OSC Futsal. Next, they played fellow National League of Professional Futsal members Sporting Maryland, where they lost 3-1. They rounded up group play with a 9:20pm game on Sunday that ended in a thrilling 4-3 win in the final minutes of the game after a last minute goal by #16 Gerald Cubero.

 

Ending 2-1 in group play, the NJCFC men finished second, earning them a spot in the Quarterfinals where they would play Juventud New England at 8:50am on Monday morning. The NJCFC Men took care of business with a 4-2 win, sending them into the Semifinals against South Jersey Barons. In another tightly contested match, the NJCFC Men came through in the clutch with a 2-1 win to send them to the Finals.

 

The Regional Finals saw the NJCFC Men go up against the tournament favorite Safira Futsal. After half, Safira was up 1-0 until the scoreline opened up in the last few minutes of the game as the Men began to feel the effects of their third game of the day. In the end, the NJCFC Men fell 5-0 to finish as Regional Finalists.

 

“To have this young group of men come together and make their way to the Regional Finals, going up against much older and more experienced teams, was such an awesome experience,” said Coach Andrew Giallombardo, Director of the FC Copa Futsal Academy. “They’ve left no doubt in anyone’s mind that they are now top contenders on the national futsal scene to be taken very seriously. We’re so proud of the players, and know that the future for them is extremely bright.”

 

“Historic weekend- first time our men's team qualified for the playoffs,” said Goalkeeper #1 Andrew Santos. “We got better each game and stuck to our roots of working hard, trusting our ability and playing together. Tough finish losing in the final but nothing to hang our heads about. Proud to be apart of the team and the club. A special thanks to all those who supported the team at the event and at home.”

 

“I am so proud of this talented group of players who worked extremely hard to be able to compete against the best futsal teams from the east coast,” said #9 Raphael Araujo. “Huge thanks to the fans of COPA NATION for being there supporting us and motivating us throughout the games. It was an amazing experience and I look forward for the growth of this team.”

 

“I am so incredibly proud of each and every player,” Aguas continued. “The heart and grit that they showed up against some of the toughest competition in the country was phenomenal. We’re extremely excited to transfer this energy into our NPSL season this summer.”

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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FUTSAL REGIONALS: 1 FINALIST, 2 SEMIFINALISTS, 1 QUARTERFINALIST
by posted 02/22/2018


US FUTSAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - ONE REGIONAL FINALIST, TWO REGIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS, ONE REGIONAL QUARTERFINALIST

 

Over the course of President’s Day in 2018,  four teams placed at US Futsal Northeast Regional Championships- the G06 Black finished as Regional Finalists, the B02 Black and B03 Black finished as Regional Semifinalists, while the B07 Black finished as Regional Quarterfinalists.

 

“We are so beyond proud of all of our 23 teams who competed at Regionals this weekend, especially the G06 Black, B02 Black, B03 Black and B07 Black,” said Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “All four teams showed incredible heart and resilience in the face of the best teams from all up and down the east coast and Canada. Their futures are bright, and I have no doubt that all four will put themselves in the position to become Regional Champions in the years to come.”

 

The G06 Black opened up group play with a 1-1 tie against the YESA Tigers on Saturday morning before earning a 6-2 win over Sole Futsal Academy. Rounding out group play, the G06 Black tied the SJEB Rush 3-3 to finish atop their group. This set up a matchup against the YESA Impact in the Regional Championship. The girls came from behind to tie it up 1-1 in the last minute to send the match to overtime, where they eventually fell to YESA 6-1.

 

“To have this amount of success for one of our youngest teams in the Academy is amazing,” said Aguas. “They are an extremely talented, passionate group of players. We are so proud of them for getting to this point so early in their careers, and we are confident that this will be the first of many phenomenal achievements.”

 

“The girls played their hearts out, earning a the chance to play for a regional title,” said Coach Matty Berman. “To be playing on Championship Monday with the professional men's and women's teams at the club was a special opportunity and environment for the girls.”

 

The B02 Black started off the weekend on Friday night with a 5-0 forfeit win over Charles County when the opposing team did not show up. From there, they went on to a 6-2 win over the CCSC Arrows on Saturday afternoon ahead of a third win on Sunday night to close out group play- a 4-2 finish over Boston Elite. Going undefeated in the group stage, the B02 Black finished in first place to secure a spot in the Semifinals, where they would lose on a last minute goal 4-3 to Alexandria in a hotly contested game.

 

“We missed the semi finals last year by one goal - this year the group came more prepared, determined and focused,” said Coach Andrew Santos. “They played together every moment of each game. We talked about adversity and the challenge to take it and overcome it each match. They executed, stayed disciplined, confident and had fun. Unfortunately, we lost a heartbreaker in the Semifinals, but the weekend was a memorable one for this group. Three wins in group play is some accomplishment. We look forward to another great run next year.”

 

The B03 Black also started group play on Friday night, opening with a 6-3 win over the Metropolitan Ballers. On Saturday, they captured a commanding 6-0 win over Boston Juventus and then ended group play Sunday with a 1-1 tie against Wolves Futsal. Finishing atop their group, the B03 Black went through to the Semifinals, where they fell to Barcelona USA 3-1.

 

“We are extremely proud of these boys and the progress they continue to make,” said Coach Billy Englishby. “The game of Futsal continues to be an important part of our players development, and to be able to compete against some of the best talent on the east coast was a valuable experience for all. A great job by all involved.”

 

The youngest FC Copa Futsal Academy team to place was the B07 Black, who opened up group play early Friday afternoon with a 4-1 win over Central Falls. On Saturday, they got a 6-3 win over the EWG Strikers and wrapped up group play with a 3-3 tie with Coppermine Steel, which placed them at the top of their group. They would eventually fall in a hard fought match in the Quarterfinals, 2-1 to LVU.

 

“This group of young men were a sight to watch all weekend,” said Coach Andrew Santos. “Played with such energy, focus and passion in each game. The word we talked about all weekend was ‘confidence’. They gave me some words that went with it - bravery, outgoing, dribbling, shooting. All words that they wanted to use on the court. They were brave in every match playing against some talented teams. They were outgoing - taking on all challenges, showing their personality on the pitch and never going into a shell. Fun to see these boys play, look forward to watching many years with this group at Futsal regionals.”

 

FC Copa Academy congratulates all 23 competing teams from the 2018 US Futsal Regionals, especially the four who placed: the G06 Black as Finalists, the B02 Black and B03 Black as Semifinalists, and the B07 Black as Quarterfinalists.

 
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US FUTSAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS START TODAY!
by posted 02/16/2018


We are officially ONE DAY AWAY from the 2018 U.S. Futsal Regional Championships!
 

With that in mind, we wanted to reach out to you all to fill you in on all the exciting happenings you’ll find down in Atlantic City this weekend!

FC COPA FUTSAL ACADEMY GROUP PHOTO

Come be a part of history once again by joining every single member of the

FC Copa Futsal Academy for the annual group photo!

 

The location of the group photo will be announced shortly,

but the date and time will be Saturday, February 17th at 4:30pm!

 

COPA NATION

Just like last year, we’re looking to have an immense presence at all of our NJCFC Pro Futsal games!

We will be streaming almost all of our pro games online, so you’ll have the chance to show

your support on live television to be promoted across all our social media channels!

 

 

Here is the complete schedule for the NJCFC Men and Women at US Futsal Regionals.

Be sure to wear your FC Copa Academy Futsal gear, as well as your red warm-up jackets!

 

 

LIVESTREAM & MATCHES OF THE DAY

We will be streaming a few games a day, which will be our featured Matches of the Day for Copa Futsal!

Similar to the support you all have shown our professional Men and Womens teams,

we ask that you join us in supporting your fellow FC Copa Futsal Academy

teams in these integral match-ups as we livestream them.

 

 

PHOTO CONTEST

US Futsal Regional Championships is always an incredibly fun weekend filled with team bonding moments.

Capture those moments with your teammates while down in Atlantic City to post to your social media accounts!

Make sure to tag @FCCopa for a chance to win exclusive Copa Swag!

 

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GERALD CUBERO SIGNS ON TO RETURN FOR 2018 SEASON
by posted 02/13/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

GERALD CUBERO SIGNS ON TO RETURN FOR 2018 SEASON


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Gerald Cubero, starting center midfielder for New Jersey Copa FC’s NPSL squad, has officially signed on to return for a second season.

 

“I’m very excited to be signing with NJCFC and playing another NPSL season with this amazing club!” said Cubero. “Last season was very successful, and I’m ready to work my hardest and achieve big things with the support of COPA Nation this upcoming season.”

 

“Gerald is an incredible talent,” said Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “As only a freshman in college, it is astounding to see how well he stacks up against much older and more experienced players. We are so excited to have Gerald back for the 2018 season!”

 

Throughout the 2017 season, Cubero was a starter for nearly every game for New Jersey Copa FC, and earned Player of the Match honors after a fantastic game against Greater Binghamton last season. Behind his offensive creativity in the midfield, Cubero helped NJCFC to a 2017 Keystone Conference Regular Season Championship and a Conference Finalist Finish.

 

Cubero, who just completed his freshman season at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC), was a star player for Bound Brook High School, notching 101 career goals and 22 career assists for the Crusaders.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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B03 BLACK FUTSAL STATE FINALISTS, G03B & B01B SEMI-FINALISTS
by posted 02/12/2018


FUTSAL RECAP - B03 BLACK STATE FINALISTS, G03 BLACK AND B01 BLACK STATE SEMI-FINALISTS

 

On Saturday, February 10th, three different FC Copa Futsal Academy teams placed in the Futsal State Championships. The B03 Black walked away as State Finalists, while the G03 Black and the B01 Black both finished as State Semi-Finalists.

 

“We’re really happy for all three teams- the B03 Black, the G03 Black and the B01 Black- for their State Cup tournaments this weekend,” explained Director of the FC Copa Futsal Academy Andrew Giallombardo. “We faced off against some really fierce competition, which is awesome leading up to the US Futsal Regionals this weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing how all three teams step up to the plate this weekend in Atlantic City.”

 

The B03 Black started off group play with a commanding 7-2 win over Matchfit Black, before snagging another 7-3 win over DTS in their second game. Rounding off group play with a 4-1 win over American Futsal Academy, the B03 Black remained undefeated and finished atop their bracket. In the Semi-Finals, the B03 Black upended Matchfit White from the other bracket, 6-2, to book their ticket to the State Finals, where they would eventually fall 7-4 to STA.

 

“The B03 Black were fantastic all tournament,” Coach Andrew Santos said. “They played with confidence and took it to every single team they faced. For a young team, they went up against a lot of adversity this weekend and showed true grit and determination. We’re really looking forward to the US Futsal Regional Championships with this group this weekend.”

 

Getting started in the later time slot was the G03 Black, who opened up group play with a fiercely contested 4-3 win over YESA Academy. They then topped Parsippany SC 4-0 before venue issues changed the plans of the tournament. With heavy rain causing the ceiling of the Fields Complex to leak substantially, two of the courts were closed due to player safety concerns and the third group game was scrapped, moving the G03 Black directly into the Semi-Finals after finishing atop their group. Going up against the eventual State Champions in the OGS Samba Queens, the G03 Black fell 6-2, finishing as Semi-Finalists.

 

“These are the types of tests we want in the weekend ahead of the Regional Championships,” explained Coach Roberto Aguas. “The teams we faced in States were great to help prepare us for this upcoming weekend. I’m proud of the work the girls put in this past weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing them defend their 2017 US Futsal Regional Championship in Atlantic City over President’s Day.”

 

The eldest team to represent FC Copa Futsal Academy in their respective State Cup Tournament was the B01 Black. Starting off with a tough loss 6-3 against Player Technique Academy, the B01 Black finished group play with a 5-4 loss to Strikers FC and a dominating 8-0 win over STA. This secured their spot as second in the group, which earned them a spot in the Semi-Finals. The B01 Black would fall in a tightly contested match against AFA Fabio, 3-2, finishing their run as State Semi-Finalists.

 

“The B01 Black got better each game,” said Coach Andrew Giallombardo. “They really grew together as a group, going up against some really good teams. The State Cup tournament has definitely helped prepare us for the Regional Championships this weekend- we’re really excited for this group to go down to Atlantic City and show what they’ve got.”

 

FC Copa Academy congratulates all the competing teams from Futsal State Cup this weekend, especially the B03 Black on their State Finalist finish and the G03 Black and B01 Black on their Semi-Finalist finish!

 
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JONATHAN FIRMINO SIGNS ON TO RETURN FOR 2018 SEASON
by posted 02/09/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

JONATHAN FIRMINO SIGNS ON TO RETURN FOR 2018 SEASON


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Jonathan Firmino, starting center back for New Jersey Copa FC’s NPSL squad, has officially signed on to return for a second season.

 

“I am beyond excited to be coming back for another season at NJCFC,” said Firmino. “As great as last season was, I am aiming to do bigger and better things for this amazing futbol club.”

 

“Jon is a very technical and talented young player,” said Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “We have loved pairing him up with Nick along our backline, and look forward to being able to do so again this season. He is incredibly hard working and plays with a definite bite to his game, making him the exact type of player we want, especially in that position.”

 

Throughout the 2017 season, Firmino started virtually every game for New Jersey Copa FC, and earned Player of the Match honors throughout the course of the summer. He helped anchor a backline, alongside Nick Sica (who just signed on to return himself), that led NJCFC to a 2017 Keystone Conference Regular Season Championship and a Conference Finalist Finish.

 

Firmino, who plays for Georgian Court University, has started in 36 matches across his freshman and sophomore seasons. In 2017, Firmino earned a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Third Team. During his sophomore year, he anchored a back line that registered a 1.45 goals-against average. The Union, N.J. native, and All-CACC Second Team pick, also tied for second for GCU with two assists.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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CAMILLE BOWEN RETURNING FOR 2018 UWS SEASON
by posted 02/09/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

CAMILLE BOWEN RETURNING FOR 2018 UWS SEASON


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Camille Bowen has officially signed on to return to NJCFC for the 2018 season, her third straight year with the team.

 

“I’m super excited to get started,” said Bowen, continuing by saying, “I know the girls are driven, and we’re ready to bring home a championship!”

 

“Cam brings an irreplicable energy to our midfield,” explained Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “On and off the field, she is constantly making those around her better and bringing out a lot of laughter all the time. We are so excited to have her back for her third straight year!”

 

Bowen has been a regular starter for New Jersey Copa FC throughout her time with the team. In the 2017 season, Bowen was third on the team for minutes played, notching 760 throughout ten games. She earned Player of the Match multiple times on her way to leading the team to a 2017 UWS Regular Season Championship and a Eastern Conference Finalist finish.

 

“What Cam brings to the table each and every day is exactly what coaches want,” started Aguas. “She’s a natural leader, she works incredibly hard, and is tough on and off the field. We’re confident in her ability to lead this team to new heights in 2018.”

 

A senior at Marist College, Bowen has scored 14 career goals and tallied eight assists. Throughout her four years with the Red Foxes, Bowen played in 71 games, starting in an impressive 62 of them. In 2016, she scored a team high of ten goals and 56 shots and was ranked number two in the conference overall for goals per game, number three in the conference for points per game, number two in conference for total goals, and number two in the conference for total points.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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JASMINE COLBERT - CLASS OF 2018 - UALBANY
by posted 02/09/2018


Jasmine Colbert, who plays for the G99/00 Black team, has committed to play collegiate soccer for UAlbany starting in the fall of 2018, joining her twin sister, Jada.

 

For Colbert, who was an integral player during the 2017 NPL National Championship back in July, stated, “One of my most memorable moments was being able to win a National Title while making new friends in the process. I would’ve never thought that this would happen if it wasn’t for the hard-working practices and everyone being on the same page of wanting to win a National Title.”

 

When asked about her time at FC Copa Academy, Colbert spoke of recognizing potential even when she may have doubted it herself. “FC Copa Academy helped me become the player I am today by seeing the potential I couldn't see in myself,” Colbert explained. “They pushed me everyday on and off the field to be better than I was the day before. If it wasn’t for me making the switch from my old team to coming FC Copa Academy, I wouldn’t be in the place I am today - and that’s following my dreams and playing Division 1 soccer.”

 

Colbert, who has been led by Coach Roberto Aguas and Coach Lori Berman, looks forward to continuing to build those relationships for the years to come. “Nothing but great things from both of them,” said Colbert. “They saw my full potential before I could, and they encourage me everyday to be a better player and even better person. I’m so glad to have been able to work with them the past year, and I’m looking forward to continuing to be able to keep in touch once I leave for college.”

 

“We could not be more proud of the way that Jasmine has developed this past year,” said Coach Roberto Aguas. “She has been incredibly dedicated to becoming a true student of the game, and has grown substantially in regards to her soccer knowledge. We’re confident in her ability to make an immediate impact at the next level, and cannot wait to cheer her and Jada on in a Great Danes uniform.”

 

On the assistance of FC Copa Academy in her collegiate recruitment, Colbert expressed the importance of college showcase tournaments. “FC Copa Academy helped me get into the college program I will be attending in the fall by making sure the team was good enough to get into big tournaments,” started Colbert, who continued with, “So that way, we were able to get looked at by many college coaches.”

 

Colbert said that before coming to FC Copa Academy, she had almost given up on playing collegiate soccer. “The collegiate recruitment process was hard at first,” said Colbert. “It was just a long and stressful process. Before coming to FC Copa Academy, I thought time was up for me and my dream of playing in college was over - but it wasn’t. It just took a little longer than expected for me, because I wasn’t experiencing everything. With my coaches help, and allowing me to explore what was out there, I was able to see my dreams again.”

 

When asked to give advice to younger FC Copa Academy players who are interested in playing collegiate soccer, Colbert stressed the importance of remaining calm. “One piece of advice I’d give is to not worry or stress about all of this,” Colbert stated. “It is overwhelming at times, but it all gets better in the end. So, stay patient, and you too will be on your way to playing collegiate soccer.”

 

Colbert, who plays for Freehold Township, had a phenomenal high school career, scoring 50 career goals and 46 career assists. In 2017 alone, Colbert notched 21 scores and 18 assists on her way to leading Freehold to their second share of the Group 4 State Championship in three years. Colbert earned All-State honors for her senior campaign. Along with her twin sister Jada, she will join a Great Danes squad that made it to the America East Conference Tournament last season.

 

FC Copa Academy wishes Jasmine the best of luck, and looks forward to cheering her and her FC Copa Academy teammates on next fall at UAlbany!

 
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CENTER BACK NICK SICA RETURNS FOR 2018 SEASON
by posted 02/08/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

CENTER BACK NICK SICA RETURNS FOR 2018 SEASON


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Nick Sica, New Jersey Copa FC’s stalworth center back from the 2017 season, has officially signed on to return to NJCFC for the 2018 season.

 

“I am very excited about signing for NJCFC and playing my second NPSL season,” expressed Sica. “After having such a successful season, it’s even more motivating to come into the summer prepared to achieve even more than we did last year. I’m looking forward to lacing up, representing COPA and helping to lead this team to another Regular Season Championship and more!”

 

Sica, who joined the NJCFC roster in 2017, had an immediate impact on the team. Earning his spot as a starter at center back, Sica led NJCFC to a 2017 Regular Season Championship. Earning Player of the Match honors multiple times throughout the season, Sica played an integral role in getting NJCFC to their 2017 Conference Finalists finish.

 

“Nick was absolutely incredible for us last year,” said Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “We are so excited to have him back for the 2018 season. Behind his leadership on the backline, we’re confident in our ability to make another deep playoff run this year.”

 

Sica, a junior who transferred from LIU Brooklyn to Kean University after redshirting his freshman year, has had 28 starts for the Cougars over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. For Kean, Sica has notched three career goals and one career assist from his position within the defense.

 

“Nick’s is a natural leader,” explained Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “He’s a very technical player who never backs down from a challenge. Our players are inspired by Nick and his work ethic at every practice and every game. We cannot wait to continue our march towards success behind Nick this summer.”

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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JADA COLBERT - CLASS OF 2018 - UALBANY
by posted 02/08/2018


Jada Colbert, member of the G99/00 Black team, has officially committed to play collegiate soccer at Division I UAlbany alongside her twin sister Jasmine.

Colbert, who has been with the club for a year now, stated that her favorite memory with the team came this summer. “One of the most memorable moments at FC Copa would have to be winning a National Championship,” stated Colbert. “It was overall a great experience just to be out there, but getting the opportunity to play against great competition and bond with my team made the experience a lot more memorable.”

Speaking of how she has grown over the last year with FC Copa Academy, Colbert stated, “FC Copa helped me become the player I am today because the training environment is different.” She went on to elaborate: “The coaches always want more, and pushed you to be the best you can. With that being said, my communication on and off the field with my coaches and teammates grew. My technical skills have been increasing and my attitude towards things are more positive, so I'm able to make the most out of difficult situations I’m put up against.”

Throughout her time with FC Copa Academy, Colbert has been led by Coach Roberto Aguas and Coach Lori Berman. “Coach Roberto and Coach Lori have a lot of confidence in me, and gave me the opportunity to show my skills on the soccer field,” said Colbert. “I can't thank them enough for the unconditional support and pushing me to be the best I can be.”

“When Jada came to us, she was already a technically superb player,” explained Coach Lori Berman. “How she has grown most is in her knowledge of the intricacies of the game of soccer. We have been so impressed with her desire and ability to soak in new concepts and tactics, and know that she will undoubtedly have an impact on the Dane’s squad. We look forward to cheering on Jada this fall in purple and gold!”

When asked about the collegiate recruitment process, Colbert said that she felt more at ease with the help of FC Copa Academy. “Although the recruitment processes can be confusing and difficult,” began Colbert, “Coach Lori and Coach Roberto do a great job helping you understand how it all works and how to narrow down schools that also fit you the best. Coach Roberto already had a couple girls committed to this school, so he was familiar with the program and knew the coach. After having the coach watch the other commits in a few games, he was able to get a glimpse of how I play. By entering us into top tournaments at the highest bracket, Coach Roberto helped me expose myself to the college coaches.”

On giving advice to younger FC Copa Academy players who are interested in playing collegiate soccer, Colbert stressed the importance of never giving up hope. “One piece of advice I would have for future FC Copa Academy athletes would be to not stress or worry about being committed by junior year,” Colbert explained. “There's still time and it's never too late to be recruited by a coach. It's key to get yourself out there, reach out to coaches and make sure to communicate.”

Colbert, who plays her high school ball for Freehold Township, has had a dominating career, with 25 goals and 11 assists in her senior campaign alone. In total, Colbert notched 39 career goals and 24 assists. In 2017, Colbert led the Patriots to a share of the NJSIAA Group 4 Championship on her way to earning All-State Honors. At UAlbany, she will join FC Copa Academy Class of 2017 Alumni Andrea Leitner, now the starting goalkeeper for the Great Danes.

FC Copa Academy wishes the best of luck to Colbert as she looks to join UAlbany this fall, and looks forward to cheering her on in purple and gold!

 
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JEANINE NUNEZ SIGNS ON TO RETURN FOR 2018 SEASON
by posted 02/07/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

JEANINE NUNEZ SIGNS ON TO RETURN FOR 2018 SEASON


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Jeanine Nunez has officially signed on to return to NJCFC for the 2018 season, her third straight year with the team.

 

“I’m very excited to be coming back to my Copa family this summer,” said Nunez. “I’ve missed the feeling of summer games with COPA NATION making lots of noise. Time to bring home some hardware this year!”

 

“Jeanine is the heartbeat to our offense,” explained Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “Her energy is infectious- she somehow manages to bring a genuine smile and a fiery determination to dominate opponents in the same breath. We could not be more excited to have Jeanine back for her third season with NJCFC.”

 

Nunez, who played over 700 minutes for New Jersey Copa FC in 2017, had 6 goals and two assists on the season. Against NJCFC’s rivals, the Long Island Rough Riders, Nunez converted the game-winning penalty kick, finishing with a celebration that would subsequently win 2017’s Best Goal Celebration. She earned Player of the Match multiple times on her way to leading the team to a 2017 UWS Regular Season Championship, and a Eastern Conference Finalist finish.

 

“After a stellar All-American campaign this past fall for Adelphi, we could not be more excited to have Jeanine back,” continued Aguas. “She gives us an edge any time she steps out onto the field. Behind her, we’re ready to make another playoff run in 2018.”

 

In her Senior season alone, Nunez was awarded United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American (2017), United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team (which she earned in both 2016 & 2017), United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American (2017), CoSIDA Academic All District First Team (2017), D2CCA All-Region First Team (in both 2016 & 2017) and NE10 All-Conference First Team (in both 2016 & 2017). She tallied 12 goals and 5 assists in 2017, including goals in eight of her first ten games.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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2017 CAPTAIN JACKIE BRUNO RETURNS FOR 2018 SEASON
by posted 02/05/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

2017 CAPTAIN JACKIE BRUNO RETURNS FOR 2018 SEASON


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Jackie Bruno, Captain from New Jersey Copa FC’s 2017 sophomore campaign, has officially signed on to return to NJCFC for the 2018 season.

 

“I’m so excited to be returning to play for Copa,” said Bruno. “These past two seasons have been an amazing experience, and I’m looking forward to another competitive and successful season.”

 

“Jackie is one of those players that every coach would do anything to have on their team,” expressed Roberto Aguas, Head Coach of NJCFC. “Not only is her play fantastic, but her leadership and ability to bring together and inspire her teammates is unmatched. Behind her, the team truly feels like there is no obstacle that they can’t get past together.”

 

Bruno, who has played for NJCFC since it’s inaugural season in 2016, started off her Pro-Am career with Copa by leading the team to the first ever United Women’s Soccer (UWS) National Championship, where they finished as Finalists. Bruno’s 2016 season earned her a spot on the All-UWS First Team. During their sophomore campaign in 2017, Bruno, often playing through a nagging ankle injury, led NJCFC to a Eastern Conference Regular Season Championship and Conference Finalist finish, with many performances that earned her Player of the Week honors.

 

“Jackie’s ability to scan the field and find the right passes for the right moments, combined with her confidence on the ball, makes her a tremendous presence in the midfield for us,” explained Aguas. “She’s very physical, and super technical, but her true strength is her ability to make everyone around her better. We could not be more excited to have Jackie back for the 2018 season, and look forward to another great season.”

 

A captain at UMass, Bruno had an impressive collegiate career for the Minutemen before launching her coaching career upon graduation. Bruno has coached for the New York Red Bulls, CSA Staten Island, and currently is on the coaching staff at Wagner College.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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B02 BLACK & G02 BLACK - FUTSAL STATE SEMI-FINALISTS
by posted 02/05/2018


Over the first weekend of February 2018, both the B02 Black and the G02 Black finished as Futsal State Semi-Finalists in their respective tournaments.

“We’re really proud of the B02 Black and G02 Black for finishing as Futsal State Semi-Finalists this weekend,” said Coach Andrew Giallombardo, Director of FC Copa Futsal Academy. “Both teams faced off against some really impressive competition, and had a very good showing all tournament. We’re looking forward to seeing these teams’ runs at the US Futsal Regionals in a few weeks time.”

The B02 Black played the first wave of games in the day, opening group play with an impressive 8-0 win over Next Level. They next fell to Vulcan 7-2 before bouncing back with a 7-0 win over Union to earn a spot in the Semi-Finals. The B02 Black faced off against Sole Futsal in a thriller, tying the game 6-6 in the final minute to send the match to PK’s, where they would eventually drop 3-1.

“The boys were great all tournament long,” said Coach Andrew Santos. “We were able to play real good competition each game and test ourselves. Their ability to stay in games, be resilient and get results was the key all day. We wanted to reach that final and win it, that was the goal, but we learned a lot as a group to build towards the Northeast Futsal Regionals.”

Playing after the boys tournament, the G02 Black started off group play with a tough last-second 3-2 loss to OSC Brazil Samba Queens. The girls bounced back, though, with a 5-0 win against PTA and a 5-2 win over FC Berna Legacy to earn their own spot in the Semi-Finals. Going up against DV, the G02 Black fell to the eventual State Cup Champions 5-2.

“The girls worked really hard all weekend,” said Coach Pat Snyder. “They showed improvement from game-to-game, and really adapted well to different coaching points and tactical game plans. I’m excited for this group to get the chance to prove themselves again down at Futsal Regionals in two weeks.”

FC Copa Academy congratulates both the B02 Black and G02 Black on their Futsal State Cup Semi-Final finishes!

 
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CHARLOTTE GLANCEY - CLASS OF 2018 - DICKINSON COLLEGE
by posted 02/02/2018


Charlotte Glancey, member of the G99/00 Black team, has officially committed to play collegiate soccer at Dickinson.

Glancey, who has been with the club for three years, most recently helped her team win the 2017 Disney College Showcase. When asked what her favorite moment was, Glancey said, “My favorite memory was when I went to Nationals in Colorado with my team.” She went onto explain, “The tournament was huge for us, and it was just really fun to play at a high level alongside my best friends.”

One of the lasting lessons that FC Copa Academy has taught Glancey is the importance of perseverance. “FC Copa has taught me to keep pushing through no matter what obstacles you face, an important lesson for me to learn on and off the field,” said Glancey. “I am grateful for the countless opportunities Copa has given me to grow by playing at a high level, which I believe is the best way to increase your skills and ability.”

Coached primarily by Coach Roberto Aguas and Coach Lori Berman, Glancey says that she’s learned not only about soccer, but about herself as well. “I've had the opportunity to be coached by several different coaches, and they have all taught me incredibly important lessons not only about the game, but myself as well,” Glancey said. “Coach Roberto in particular has been crucial to my development as a player by pushing me to be the best player that I can be every time I step on the field.”

“Charlotte has been a tremendous player to coach,” explained Coach Roberto. “She is always eager to learn, to get better, both on and off the field. We are extremely proud of her, and are certain that she will make an impact at Dickinson this fall.”

When starting the collegiate recruitment process, Glancey said that she felt at home with FC Copa Academy. “Through numerous meetings with my coaches, they helped me narrow down my list and guide me through the process,” explained Glancey. “FC Copa has a lot of connections with many college programs that helped me draw in coaches to games and tournaments to watch me play.” Glancey, who was affected by the birth year change implemented, went on to state, “FC Copa taught me so much about the recruitment process. It was difficult at times with moving teams, but I am grateful for all the guidance from Copa.”

On giving advice to younger FC Copa Academy players, Glancey touched on having faith throughout the process. “It's going to be tough,” started Glancey, “...but just remember that you will end up at a great school where you can play the sport you love! Trust the process, and have a wide base of schools to look at.”

Glancey, who played her high school ball for Montgomery High School, scored eight goals and tallied five assists in her senior season, bringing her career totals up to nineteen goals and six assists. In 2017, Glancey helped the Cougars to a berth in the Central Jersey, Group 4 Tournament, where they would fall to eventual semi-finalists Hunterdon Central. She will look to join a Dickinson team that went 11-5-1 in 2017.

FC Copa Academy wishes Charlotte the best of luck as she joins Dickinson, and looks forward to cheering her on as she dons the Red Devil’s uniform this fall!

 
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INAUGURAL SEMINAR SERIES RECAP
by posted 02/01/2018


On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, FC Copa Academy had its first ever Seminar Series Event. Held at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ, Dina Lombardo from JAG Physical Therapy and Drew Culp from NJIT Strength & Conditioning spoke for our FC Copa Academy families on injury and ACL prevention and rehab.

 

“The night was a tremendous service to our FC Copa Academy Family,” explained Lori Berman, Vice President and Director of Guidance from FC Copa Academy. “The club itself was founded on the importance of caring for the entire person and with help from Dina and Drew, we are extremely proud to have been able to continue to educate our student-athletes on a topic that is incredibly important to them.”

 

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Michael Gianino, B99/00 Black player and LIU Brooklyn commit, when asked about the FC Copa Academy Seminar Series. “I think it’s going to be revolutionary for the club.”

 

“When I first saw the email, I thought it was a great idea,” explained Mr. Senatore, father of G99/00 Black player Sam Senatore. “I think it’s a great learning experience, especially for the younger players in the club to understand how to protect themselves.”

 

Drew Culp, from NJIT’s Strength & Conditioning Department, spoke first on the importance of understanding the difference of injury prevention vs. injury resilience. Culp, who has worked at Penn State and Seton Hall before landing at NJIT for the last four years, went over some of the most common injuries that affect soccer players. From there, Culp covered how to help build up strength to diminish a player’s chance of injury, complete with demonstrations of each exercise.

 

“Education is key,” explained Mrs. Davis, mother of G03 Black player Gabrielle Davis. “So, knowing what to do to be healthy and strong and injury-free is perfect- that’s what we want.”

 

“Drew was amazing,” said Berman. “We are very lucky that our players benefited from the knowledge and experience of a Division I collegiate strength & conditioning coach. With our history of collegiate recruitment, it was a huge benefit to be able to hear directly from Drew on the rigors of playing at the next level, and how to best prepare your body to perform at its highest level.”

 

Next was Dina Lombardo from JAG Physical Therapy, who was a Division I soccer player herself at Holy Cross before going back to NYU to become a Physical Therapist. After a coaching stint at NYU, Lombardo went on to launch a 20+ year career in physical therapy, landing at JAG, which is the official physical therapy provider for NYCFC and the New Jersey Devils. Lombardo, who has dealt with ACL tears herself, spoke of the ability to prevent tears through a strengthening program of the entire body with the help of her JAG coworker Gabe Lazzaro. With demonstrations from actual FC Copa Academy players, Lombardo covered a full ACL-prevention warm-up that will be introduced to all Copa teams in the spring.

 

“To have someone with that much experience be able to speak to our players on ACL prevention was so valuable,” explained Berman. “We’ve had many of our players who have dealt with injuries be treated by Dina, and they have gone on to have full recoveries and extremely successful careers. We’re extremely grateful to have had Dina speak on ACL prevention and rehab.”

 

“My favorite part about the night was getting a better understanding for everything, because I’ve had injuries myself,” explained G02 Black player Kirsten Borja. “This really cleared my head, and made me realize that I really need to do these things to help myself.”

 

The night saw numerous FC Copa Academy players and parents swarming the two speakers, eager to ask more specific questions of the two presenters, even after Q&A section was done.

 

“I think the night helps the FC Copa Academy families reassure themselves that our coaches are helping us, and the speakers are helping us understand what we need to do to stay safe and do what’s best for the kids,” said G03 Black player Nicole Rago.

 

“I think my favorite part of the night was how incredibly engaging and interactive it was,” said Berman. “From having the crowd stand up to demonstrate how to land properly to avoid incorrect knee alignment, to our players doing the warm-ups themselves, to having dozens of players and parents alike asking specific questions at the end of the night, we are so happy that Drew and Dina were able to help our FC Copa Academy family.”

 

FC Copa Academy would like to extend its sincerest thank you to Drew Culp, Dina Lombardo and Gabe Lazzaro, the Pines Manor, and all of the FC Copa Academy players and parents in attendance of the first ever Seminar Series Event and we look forward to hosting more of these informative evenings in the months ahead!

 
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NOELLE GOLDEN - CLASS OF 2018 - TROY UNIVERSITY
by posted 01/26/2018


Noelle Golden, member of the FC Copa Academy G99/00 Black team, has officially committed to attend Division I Troy University in Alabama.

After two years with the club, Golden has helped them to their fair share of major victories- not least of which was winning the 2017 NPL National Championship in Indiana last summer. For Golden, though, her favorite memory was of a different major tournament- “My most memorable moment at Copa was winning the Disney Showcase in 2017.”

“I am really thankful for the time, effort and dedication both of my coaches have put into not only me becoming a better player but allowing me to realize my potential as a collegiate athlete,” said Golden. “FC Copa has helped me become a better player by making me more technically sound, and by giving me the chance to compete and play against players both on my team and not at the highest level.”

“We are incredibly happy to watch Noelle move on to the next level, and we are certain she will make a tremendous impact at the collegiate level,” said Coach Lori Berman. “She is an amazing young woman who is always eager to learn and take great pride in her play. Her strengths on the soccer field will translate very well to the collegiate game.”

Golden said that her college search was definitely difficult at times, but that she felt at ease with the help of her coaches. “It was very difficult, tiring and hard,” Golden expressed. “But everything worked out for the best, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to play for this club because I probably would not have been able to commit without FC Copa's involvement.”

When asked how FC Copa Academy helped her with her collegiate recruitment, Golden said, “FC Copa helped me get into the college that I am attending by putting my team in high level tournaments where top division schools attend, and giving me the opportunity to be seen by these schools.”

Golden, who attends Hunterdon Central Regional HS, helped lead the Red Devils to a plethora of accomplishments throughout her career, including All-Area, a County Championship, a Conference Championship and a State Championship. Anchoring the backline for the entire 2017 season, Golden led Hunterdon Central on a deep run to the Central Jersey, Group 4 Semi-Finals.

When asked to give advice to those academy players who are younger than her and are interested in playing in college, Golden stressed the importance of putting your head down and getting to work. “I would say be patient, but work very hard for what you want,” explained Golden. “It's never going to just be given to you, you have to do the work to get what you want done. Copa will always be there to back you up and support you, but you have to have that heart in order to succeed in your goals and dreams.”

Golden looks to join a Troy squad that finished 6-4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference in 2017, facing off against powerhouse programs such as the University of Florida, Alabama, Florida State and USF.

FC Copa Academy congratulates Noelle on her commitment to Troy, and looks forward to cheering her on in a Trojans uniform this fall!

 
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UNITED SOCCER COACHES CONVENTION RECAP
by posted 01/26/2018


Over the third weekend of January, executive staff members from FC Copa Academy & New Jersey Copa FC attended the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

 

“As always, the convention was a great experience for us,” said Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching for FC Copa Academy and Head Coach for New Jersey Copa FC. “It’s an excellent opportunity to meet with many of the integral leaders in our industry. We had a lot of phenomenal meetings, and were able to discuss some exciting developments and plans for 2018 together.”

 

Among those meetings, one of the biggest was the 2018 UWS AGM, where all the owners of every United Women’s Soccer team came together to discuss the future of the league. Moving into its third year, the UWS is looking to announce some new major partners and sponsors for the 2018 season.

 

“The UWS AGM was a particularly quality meeting,” explained Aguas. “We have a few big, exciting partnerships to announce soon for the 2018 season, that will really elevate our league, the quality for our players and our product for the customers. New Jersey Copa FC looks forward to working together with the UWS to cultivating these new partnerships this year.”

 

Also represented at the Convention was the National League of Professional Futsal (NLPF), in which the NJCFC Men’s Pro Futsal team plays. About to start its sophomore year, the NLPF is also working on deals for the 2018 season, in addition to significantly expanding the teams included in the league.

 

“Futsal has always been an enormous part of the Copa experience, so this was a natural progression for our club,” explained Aguas. “We cannot wait for what the NLFP has in store for us this season, and look forward to another incredible showcase event at the US Futsal Regional Championships in February down in Atlantic City.”

 

After kicking off the year at the United Soccer Coaches Convention, FC Copa Academy & New Jersey Copa FC looks forward to a terrific 2018!

 
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FOUR FC COPA ACADEMY PLAYERS HONORED AT NJGSC AWARDS
by posted 01/25/2018


At the Annual NJGSC Awards on Sunday, January 21st, 2018, four FC Copa Academy players from the G99/00 Black were honored for their high school performances - Emma Lombardo, Lauren Krinsky, Mya Stolarski and Tori Constantin.

 

“We’re so proud of Emma, Lauren, Mya and Tori for all they achieved in the fall season,” explained Coach Roberto Aguas. “They had stellar, stand-out seasons for their respective high schools, so they really deserve this recognition. It was exciting to follow along with each of them, and after a great Winter Showcase season, we can’t wait to get back into the swing of competing together come the spring season.”

 

“These girls have made us very proud throughout their high school careers and they amazing young women who are incredibly deserving of these awards!” said Coach Lori Berman.

 

Emma Lombardo, captain for Pingry High School, helped lead the Big Blue to beat fourth-seeded Oak Knoll in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public A quarterfinal. A senior leader on the backline, Lombardo still managed to notch 2 goals and 6 assists in 2017. Lombardo earned Third Team All-Non-Public and First Team All-Delaware Division for her 2017 season. She has committed to play collegiate soccer at Bates College starting in the fall of 2018. At the NJGSCA Awards, Lombardo was awarded All-Sectional honors.

 

“Being named First Team All-Conference and All-State this season was the perfect way to end my high school soccer career,” said Lombardo. “I got to be in the same room with all the amazing players I’ve grown up with & competed against for years, all sharing the same love for high school soccer. Playing for Pingry has truly been one of the best times of my life, and I am so grateful to all of my teammates and coaches who helped me be the player and captain I was this season.”

 

The defensive leader for East Brunswick High School, senior Lauren Krinsky had an outstanding season for the Bears, notching 137 saves in goal on her way to earning First-Team All-State. The University of Delaware commit led her team to a Central, Group 4 Finalist finish, where she had a career high-19 saves against fellow FC Copa Academy teammates in Jada and Jasmine Colbert on Freehold. She finished her time with the Bears with 382 career saves, earning her an incredible amount of post-season awards, including NJGSCA ALL-AMERICAN nominee
USC All-East Regional Team, First Team All-State NJ, First Team All-NJ Girls Soccer, First Team All-Group 4, GMC Player of the Year NJ.com, GMC CO-Player of Year mycentralJersey.com, All GMC Division and ALL RED DIVISION. At the NJGSCA Awards, Krinsky was named Top-20 Central Jersey, Top-20 All-State, and All-State Sectional.

 

“I️ am so honored to be recognized for this award,” said Krinsky. “I️ could not have done i️t without the constant support from my teammates and coaches, and I️ am so grateful for this experience.”

 

Hailing from Metuchen High School, junior phenom Mya Stolarski had an outstanding 2017 season, notching 30 goals and 20 assists for the Bulldogs, leading the GMC. With one year left to play, the Metuchen captain already has amounted 61 goals and 45 assists, after she helped lead to the Semi-Finals of the 2017 Central, Group 1 NJSIAA Tournament. For her season, Stolarski earned All NJ Group 1 - First Team, All Middlesex County - First Team , All GMC Blue Division - First Team and All Home News Tribune - First Team. At the NJGSCA Awards, Stolarski was awarded All-Sectional & All-Central Top 20 honors.
 

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work and success I had with my high school team,” expressed Stolarski.

 

Tori Constantin, who played with Krinsky for East Brunswick High School, was an offensive force for the Bears as she played an integral part in helping them capture the GMCT Co-Championship, as well as the Central, Group 4 Finalist finish. She made a habit of coming up big in big moments throughout 2017, first scoring the game-winning goal in the NPL National Championship for FC Copa Academy this past summer, then serving the game-tying assist to catapult East Brunswick past Manalapan in the State Tournament this past fall. For the NJGSCA Awards, Constantin earned All-Sectional honors.

 

“I am very grateful to be honored at the NJGSCA,” said Constantin. “I want to say thank you to all of my teammates and coaches for supporting me.”

 

FC Copa Academy congratulates Emma, Lauren, Mya and Tori on outstanding high school seasons, and looks forward to the spring season together in 2018!

 
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NJCFC'S JEANINE NUNEZ HONORED AS ALL-AMERICAN AT USC CONVENT
by posted 01/24/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

NJCFC'S JEANINE NUNEZ HONORED AS ALL-AMERICAN AT UNITED SOCCER COACHES CONVENTION


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Jeanine Nunez, phenom forward for Adelphi University on Long Island, NY, was honored for earning All-American status at the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Convention, being placed on the USC All-America Third-Team and USC Scholar All-America First-Team.

 

"I am very honored to have received these awards," started Nunez, who continued, "However I don't consider these awards to be my own. They also belong to all of my teammates coaches trainers family and everyone who has supported me throughout my years of playing. Since starting Copa, the staff and players have helped me rise to the next level to be able to receive these awards and for that I will always be thankful."

 

“Jeanine is so deserving of this incredibly prestigious award,” explained Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “Each year she’s played for NJCFC, we’ve seen her continue to grow and evolve as a player, always focused on getting better. That competitiveness, the hunger to win, the grit in which she plays with are all traits that make her stand-out against any opponent. We could not be more proud of her All-American honors.”

 

For New Jersey Copa FC, Nunez was the team-high scorer in 2017, notching six goals and two assists. Against rivals in the Long Island Rough Riders, Nunez scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick, securing New Jersey Copa FC’s 2017 UWS Eastern Conference Regular Season Championship and earning her Goal of the Year honors for the club.

 

At Adelphi in 2017, Nunez earned First Team D2CAA All-Region, ECAC Division I Women's Soccer All-Star Team Honorable Mention, USC Scholar All-American and USC All-American Third-Team. Throughout her career, Nunez received the following awards: USC DII All-East Region First Team (2016), D2CCA All-East Region First Team (2016), NE10 All-Conference First Team (2016), NE10 All-Conference Second Team (2014) and NE10 All-Rookie Squad (2014).

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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SEMINAR SERIES - TOPIC UPDATE - TUESDAY, JAN 30TH
by posted 01/22/2018


Hello FC Copa Academy Family,

 

We are reaching out to you today to inform you that the entire evening of January 30th will be dedicated to injury/ACL prevention and recovery. Our second Seminar Series on February 20th will be focused on nutrition and hydration. We want to provide our families with information on topics important to all of us and dedicate enough time and resources for an educational evening. Please remember to RSVP!

 

SAVE THE DATE:

We are extremely pleased to announce our first ever Seminar Series event, which will take place on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018. The night will cover injury/ ACL prevention, treatment and recovery, which received the highest number of votes from the survey!

 

DATE: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

TIME: 7:00pm-9:00pm

LOCATION: Pines Manor, Edison, NJ*

TOPIC: Injury Prevention / ACL prevention, treatment and recovery

SPEAKER: To be revealed in the coming days!

RSVP: Use our link here to RSVP

 

*We had a large number of submissions from FC Copa Academy South, asking for some of these seminar topics be offered closer to Rowan. Please be assured that we are currently working in conjunction with the University to plan out a night more accessible for our South players*

 

Remember to RSVP for the inaugural FC Copa Academy Seminar Series event. Stay tuned for more information, including our Speaker Reveal, in the coming days!

 

We thank you all again for your feedback, and look forward to kicking off the FC Copa Academy Seminar Series in 2018!

 

 
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FUTSAL RECAP - G06 BLACK SOUTH CHAMPS, G06 B & B06 B FINALISTS
by posted 01/22/2018


In an action-packed weekend at The Fields Complex in East Brunswick, three FC Copa Futsal Academy teams placed in their respective State Cup Tournaments. The G06 Black South emerged as State Champions, while the G06 Black and B06 Black both finished as State Finalists.

“We are incredibly proud of all those teams that competed in the NJ Futsal State Cup Tournament this weekend,” explained Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching. “Our G06 Black South really put on a dominating performance throughout the entire tournament- we are thrilled for their Championship victory. Along with both Finalists in the G06 Black and the B06 Black, who put together extremely impressive tournaments themselves, they have proven that they will continue to be a dangerous threat throughout the remainder of the Futsal season.”

In their opening match of the group play, the G06 Black South came out with a tough 3-2 victory over PDA Shore. In their remaining two games, they beat the FC Copa Academy G06 Red team before securing their placement at the top of the bracket with a 4-2 win over YESA Academy. The G06 Black South took care of business once more, winning a close rematch against PDA Shore 2-1, before meeting the FC Copa Academy G06 Black in the Finals, where they won 5-2.

“I could not be happier, for these kids and our entire FC Copa South Futsal Academy,” expressed Coach Justin Abbey. “In just our second season running the Futsal Academy in the South, we have over 100 players participating and now we have our first State Championship. FC Copa Academy has been winning these championships for years and it’s an awesome feeling to get our first one in the South, and continue the tradition of excellence.”

The G06 Black, who played on the other side of the bracket from the G06 Black South, won their opening game against DTS 2-0 before topping the FC Copa Academy G06 Red South and finishing out group play with a dominating 7-0 win against PDA Shore Shockwave. Ending at the top of their group, they went on to mount a 4-3 comeback win in the final minutes of the Semi-Finals against YESA Academy. In the Finals, they fell to the G06 Black South, 5-2.

“The girls put forth tremendous effort each of the five games during states,” said Coach Matty Berman. “Each player came through for us on a deep roster to make a difference and propel us to the finals.”

The B06 Black, who played first on Saturday, January 20th, won all three group games to move onto the Semi-Finals. In their first match-up, they beat Den of Lions 6-1, before cruising to a 6-0 victory over Matchfit Pre ECNL and a 5-1 win over SJEB Barons. Finishing atop their group, they faced off against DTS in the Semi-Finals, where they went on to win 3-2 in PK’s. In the Finals, they lost a hard-fought rematch, 4-2, to Matchfit Pre ECNL, who had advanced in the other Semi’s after finishing second in the group.

“Fantastic weekend from the boys, they’ve improved each week,” said Coach Andrew Giallombardo, Director of FC Copa Futsal Academy. “It was awesome to see them put it together this weekend, obviously not the end result we wanted, but a lot to be proud of with this group. Excited to see them continue on this trajectory.”

FC Copa Academy congratulates the G06 Black South on their Championship victory, and the G06 Black and B06 Black on their Finalist finishes in the NJ Futsal State Cup!

 
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NJCFC’S JESSI REINHARDT NAMED TO NWSL DRAFT ELIGIBLE LIST
by posted 01/18/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

NJCFC’S JESSI REINHARDT NAMED TO NWSL DRAFT ELIGIBLE LIST


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Jessi Reinhardt, who anchored the midfield last season for New Jersey Copa FC’s United Womens Soccer (UWS) team, has been named to the NWSL Draft Eligible list.

 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Jessi,” expressed Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “She has certainly proven herself to be deserving for a shot at the professional level. Jessi was great for us last year, and I hope that she gets the opportunity to be great at the next level.”

 

Reinhardt, who joined NJCFC in 2017, played her collegiate soccer at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she emassed 15 goals and 23 assists throughout her career as a Knight. In 2017 alone, Reinhardt was named a United Soccer Coaches All-American Third Team Scholar, All-East First Team Scholar, and All-Region Second Team Scholar. In 2015, Reinhardt earned Northeast Rookie of the Year and in 2016, Reinhardt was named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team.

 

Originally from Germany, Reinhardt played at FFC Frankfurt before coming to the US for collegiate soccer. In 2017, Reinhardt played a majority of each game for New Jersey Copa FC in the midfield, helping them reach a Regular Season Championship Finish. A full list of the NWSL Draft Eligible players can be found here.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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SAVE THE DATE - JAN 30TH - FC COPA ACADEMY SEMINAR SERIES
by posted 01/17/2018


We are always striving to serve the evolving needs of our players and families. In 2018, we are extremely excited to be undertaking a new initiative: the FC Copa Academy Seminar Series.

 

To launch such an event, we reached out to you asking for your input to help us build this program to best fit the needs of our players and their families. We have received an overwhelming response, with almost 400 survey submissions voting on and suggesting different seminar topics. As an Academy that focuses on the growth of the entire student-athlete as a person first and a player second, our Seminar Series will be a continuation of that commitment.

 

SAVE THE DATE:

We are extremely pleased to announce our first ever Seminar Series event, which will take place on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018. The night will cover injury prevention // nutrition & hydration, which received the highest number of votes from the survey!


DATE: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

TIME: 7:00pm-9:00pm

LOCATION: Pines Manor, Edison, NJ*

TOPIC: Injury Prevention // Nutrition & Hydration

RSVP: Use our link here to RSVP

 

*We had a large number of submissions from FC Copa Academy South, asking for some of these seminar topics be offered closer to Rowan. Please be assured that we are currently working in conjunction with the University to plan out a night more accessible for our South players*

 

Remember to RSVP for the inaugural FC Copa Academy Seminar Series event. Stay tuned for more information, including our Speaker Reveal, in the coming days!

 

We thank you all again for your feedback, and look forward to kicking off the FC Copa Academy Seminar Series in 2018!

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2017 CO-CAPTAIN RAPHAEL ARAUJO RETURNS FOR 2018 SEASON
by posted 01/17/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

2017 CO-CAPTAIN RAPHAEL ARAUJO RETURNS FOR 2018 SEASON

 

METUCHEN, NJ - Raphael Araujo, Co-Captain from New Jersey Copa FC’s 2017 sophomore campaign, has officially signed on to return to NJCFC for the 2018 season.

 

“I’m really excited to come back for our third season,” explained Araujo. “We’ve had some great successes in 2016 and 2017, and I fully expect to make another deep postseason run in 2018. I’m looking forward to working together with this group of guys to create something really special this year.”

 

Araujo, who Co-Captained the NJCFC NPSL team to a Regular Season Championship in 2017, earned Player of the Match honors multiple times throughout the season while scoring 12 goals. Playing against the Buxmont Torch, Araujo erupted for six goals, a record that earned him the NPSL Mitre National Player of the Week title.

 

“We are extremely excited to have Rapha back with us for 2018,” expressed Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “His leadership, his work rate and his experience in big game situations makes him an absolutely invaluable asset to this team. We are confident that he will once again play a major role in our continued success in 2018.”

 

Not one to shy away in big moments, Araujo also scored the last-second game-winning goal in the Keystone Conference Semi-Finals over the Electric City Shock. The play garnered attention from ESPN’s Sportscenter, who featured Araujo’s goal and subsequent celebration as #3 in their famous Top Ten feature the following day.

 

Coach Aguas went on to state, “Rapha is just one of those players that defenses absolutely hate to go up against. He truly is a dangerous threat to any team we face. Through his grit, determination, and tenacity, Rapha set a tremendous example for our team to follow, leading them to a 2017 NPSL Keystone Conference Finalist finish. We’re all excited to have him back for 2018!”

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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INTRODUCING THE FC COPA ACADEMY SEMINAR SERIES
by posted 01/16/2018


Hello FC Copa Academy Family,

 

We are always striving to serve the evolving needs of our players and families. In 2018, we are extremely excited to be undertaking a new initiative: the FC Copa Academy Seminar Series.

 

As an Academy that focuses on the growth of the entire student-athlete as a person first and a player second, our Seminar Series will be a continuation of that commitment. We have always had a fantastic turnout for our Annual College Night- now, we want to offer more in-depth information on topics ranging anywhere from ACL and Injury Prevention to Nutrition, to Social Media Best Practices and more. All our Seminars will be panelled by experts in their fields, ready to answer any and all questions you may have on these important subjects.

 

We are reaching out to you all today to see what topics you would be most interested in learning more about. We want to build our Seminar Series around the wants and needs of our FC Copa Academy Family, so please take the time to fill out our quick survey here.

 

The Seminars would take place on a weeknight during the winter that does not conflict with any training nights - the dates have not yet been announced. Please fill out the above survey to let us know you are interested in attending one of our Seminars this season!

 

Please fill out this survey by Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.

 

We thank you for your feedback, and look forward to kicking off the FC Copa Academy Seminar Series in 2018!

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G05 BLACK - NJ STATE FUTSAL SEMI-FINALISTS
by posted 01/16/2018


Over Martin Luther King Day Weekend, the G05 Black finished as Semi-Finalists in the New Jersey Futsal State Cup.

“In our second weekend of State Cup competition, it’s terrific to see our G05 Black finish as State Semi-Finalists,” expressed Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching for FC Copa Academy. “We are extremely proud to see our girls play so well against such high level competition in the State Tournament. There is no doubt in our mind that this team has the potential to be great, and we look forward to working with them the rest of the season in preparation for Regionals next month.”

The G05 Black went 1-1-1 in group play, finishing second in their bracket to advance to the Semi-Finals. They fell in the Semi-Finals, 6-3, to the eventual State Champions PDA. In EDP League play on Sunday morning, the G05 Black bounced back, winning 11-0 and 9-1, outscoring opponents by a margin of 20-1.

“This group is going to be special,” said Coach Andrew Giallombardo, Director of FC Copa Futsal Academy. “The technical talent and tactical understanding of the team is very advanced for their young age. We are all so excited to continue to watch the evolution of this group as they grow together as a futsal team, and look forward to making a run at the Regional Championship at the end of February.”

FC Copa Academy congratulates the G05 Black on their NJ State Futsal Semi-Finalist finish!

 
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HEAD COACH + 3 NJCFC PLAYERS TRAVEL TO FL FOR '18 NPSL SHOW
by posted 01/12/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

THREE NEW JERSEY COPA FC PLAYERS TRAVEL TO FLORIDA FOR THE 2018 NPSL SHOWCASE


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Three New Jersey Copa FC players - Mike Prosuk, Nick Sica and Ryan Campbell- will travel down to Kissimmee, Florida to the 2018 NPSL Showcase Northeast Region Team this upcoming weekend, January 13th-15th. NJCFC Head Coach Roberto Aguas will also lead the NPSL Northeast Region team, as he was selected to lead one of the four regional teams at the event.

 

“We are extremely excited to head down to the NPSL Showcase this weekend,” expressed Aguas. “I know all three of our NJCFC players are very eager to leave their own mark in front of all the professional scouts and coaches who will be there. I myself cannot wait to meet all of the players from the Northeast Region in person, and begin working with the team. We are all honored to be a part of this elite event.”

 

For New Jersey Copa FC, Prosuk had a break-out year, earning Player of the Match honors after netting 2 goals against Hershey FC. Prosuk, a sophomore transfer at Ohio State, immediately made his presence known this season scoring the game-winning goal in his first ever match for the Buckeyes. He went on to notch a goal in Ohio State’s upset of Michigan State in the BIG 10 Quarterfinals.

 

“I’m feeling very excited about representing New Jersey Copa FC at the NPSL Showcase because I have the opportunity to prove myself in front plenty professional coaches,” said Prosuk. “I’m very honored to be selected for it as well, so that gives me even more confidence to do well down in Orlando. I’ve been working extremely hard for this moment, and everyday it gets closer- that’s when I push myself even further.”

 

Nick Sica, one of NJCFC’s starting center backs, had an extremely strong showing in 2017 NPSL season, anchoring a stalworth backline and helping the team clench the 2017 Regular Season Championship. Playing at Kean, the sophomore Sica helped guide the Cougars to the NJAC Conference Tournament.

 

“I’m just very excited for this opportunity and to be representing not only New Jersey Copa FC, but the Northeast Region,” said Sica. “It has always been a dream to take my games to the next level and to play in front of professional coaches. I am looking forward to meeting new players with the same aspirations and competing at a high level for a couple days!”

 

Ryan Campbell, a freshman at Rowan University, was a break-out star of NJCFC this summer, earning Player of the Match honors multiple times throughout the season. Campbell quickly proved himself to be one of the Profs best offensive weapons, scoring ten goals in his first season, including one 4-goal game.

 

“First off all, the glory to God- I wouldn't be in this position without Him,” Campbell started, continuing, “I'm really excited for this opportunity getting to play in the NPSL Showcase this weekend. It's amazing to have all your hard work and effort put into the game of soccer recognized. Hopefully this is a step into something bigger, and I'm happy that I can represent my family and different teams that have supported me like Rowan and New Jersey Copa FC.”

 

To follow along with the players’ trip, be sure to check out their Snapchat Takeovers throughout the weekend from the @fccopaacademy account- Mike Prosuk on Saturday, January 13th, Nick Sica on Sunday, January 14th and Ryan Campbell on Monday, January 15th.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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230+ STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN 2017-2018 FC COPA ACADEMY HONOR ROLL
by posted 01/10/2018


For the first marking period of 2017-2018, over 230 student-athletes from FC Copa Academy earned Honor Roll recognition at their respective schools.

 

“This has been a very exciting achievement for our student-athletes and we are incredibly proud to showcase the efforts of our young people not only on the soccer field, but in the classroom” expressed Lori Berman, Director of Academic Guidance for FC Copa Academy. “We consistently stress to our players how taking pride in their work and placing a strong focus on their academics is so important whatever the age or grade level. It’s very encouraging to see that so many of our players are taking this so seriously, especially from a young age. We couldn’t be more proud of our well rounded student-athletes.”

 

The 2017-2018 FC Copa Academy Honor Roll can be found under the Academic Guidance tab of the fccopa.com website. The newly designed Academic Guidance page features things like yearly action plans, test-taking tips, important test dates and more. To submit a player for the FC Copa Academy Honor Roll, please use this form.

 

FC Copa Academy would like to congratulate all of its student-athlete scholars for their Honor Roll achievements!

 
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NJCFC PLAYER & FC COPA ALUM PROSUK PROFILED IN TOP NPSL FEATURE
by posted 01/09/2018


NJCFC AND OHIO STATE STANDOUT LOOKS FORWARD TO NPSL PLAYER SHOWCASE

01/09/2018, 11:00am EST
By Michael Lewis/NPSL.com
 

Don't let Michael Prosuk's height deceive you.

At 6-foot-6, the Westfield, N.J. native might look like a one-dimensional player who could only control the aerial game. But he happens to be light on his feet and loves to play and dribble in tight spaces.

Just ask New Jersey Copa FC coach and president Roberto Aguas, who thinks Prosuk will stand out at the fourth annual NPSL Player Showcase at Austin-Tindall Park in Kissimmee, Fla. Jan. 13-15.

"It's funny. If you write an article about a 6-6 player, that would be one of the things you talk about, a tremendous amount of goals with his head, a great air game," Aguas said. "I would say that's not his strength. What Michael is going to impress people with is his feet. I don't think you see 6-foot-2, 6-foot-4, and certainly not 6-foot-6 players and the kind of feet that he has. He just has great agility, great feet.

"He has an impressive frame. For the size that he has, the level of technical acumen is impressive. How technical he is for his size is something that marvels people. He will impress a lot of professional coaches at this combine because of his size and his technical skills."

Just ask Ohio State men's coach John Bluem, who said that Prosuk brings another dimension to his team. Prosuk transferred to OSU from St. John's University for his junior year last fall.

"There aren't many soccer players his size, unless they're goalkeepers," Bluem said. "And in this particular case to be a winger, a wide forward, it's pretty unusual.

"He's difficult to deal with and that's what you want. Players that are challenging because of their physical attributes, their technical attributes or their mental attributes, always are good on your side. Michael presents a challenge to opponents because of his size, strength and his power. ...  For a guy his size, he has deceptive speed and quickness."

Don’t worry. Prosuk has used his height when called upon. "We were hoping that certainly his size somebody who would be very proficient in the air and be a good player on dead ball situations and restarts in both on attack and in defense," Bluem said. "He did prove to be pretty effective."

Prosuk has become accustomed to being compared to former English international Peter Crouch, a 6-foot-7 striker who plays for Stoke City in the English Premier League.

Given his height, the 180-lb. Prosuk also has heard more than his share of "Why aren't you playing basketball?" questions.

"I used to play basketball," he said. "I just wasn't a fan of it. But there's not a lot of 6-foot-6 soccer players out there. So, it's very unique someone my size to play the sport. I just tell people that it's my goal to play professional soccer. It gives me a good chance to really live my dream and achieve my main goal."

That would be to play pro soccer.

That Prosuk can play in close quarters wasn't an accident. When he wasn't training or playing with one of his youth teams, including FC Copa Academy, Prosuk practiced on his own or worked on his skills with his father.

"When I went to Copa, my sessions were very technical based," he said. "They were all passing patterns and very close possession drills. I was able to play close control, quick passes and quick movements. When I got to a bigger field, it was very easy for me. I always imagined myself in a tight space. I always wanted to play one-two touch, very simple. It's just got me to feeling very light on my feet."

Prosuk was above-average height until a growth spurt during his freshman year in high school and became the tallest person in his class. By then, he had developed his soccer skills.

Now, he’ll get another chance to showcase them in Kissimmee.

"I'm really excited to play with kids who play at the same level as me or even better," he said. "It will help especially when I go back to school and play. It will give me some nice experience too playing in front of professional coaches. And I'm also looking forward to playing in warm weather. It should be really fun."

When he had an opportunity to play top-flight amateur soccer with an NPSL club such as a NJ Copa FC player in 2016, he jumped at the chance.

"I remember talking to Roberto when I came home for winter break," he said. "He told me how he was starting FC Copa and how he wanted me to be a part of the first-ever team. I couldn't turn down the offer. I was honored to be part of it. We actually did really well. I thought next year it would be even better and it was. I kept coming back because I love the club. I love what it does. I love how they treat their players and how they become better soccer players. Playing at NJ Copa FC, it helped me become a better and more efficient player on the field, getting used to playing at a high level and getting me ready to go back to school and play at the same level or even higher."

Prosuk helped Copa (7-1-2) capture the Keystone Conference crown last year.

"He has a knack to find himself in great situations," Aguas said. "Somehow he is finding himself making the right run or finding the right rebound. He's a pest."

Aguas was most impressed his forward in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup loss in which Prosuk did not score.

"When it was 1-1 and we were trying to hold the game, we asked him to chase every single ball that was cleared by us into their backs," he said. "The amount of work he put in in that match to be able to keep the tide was just impressive."

Prosuk was smitten with soccer as a youngster. He played baseball at the time, but there was no comparison.

"It is way more exciting and more passionate than any other sport I've played," he said. "The more I grew, the more I played, the more I grew on the sport the more I realized I wanted to become a professional soccer player. And ever since then that has been my goal. The love of the game with me, is like a tremendous honor. I love playing it and I wouldn't play any other sport."

He hopes to use that passion in the showcase as a springboard to a pro career.

"I would do anything to make that happen," he said.

Photo Credit: Simone Ferreira and New Jersey Copa FC

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20 WINS & 173 GOALS SCORED IN 2018 FUTSAL OPENING WEEKEND
by posted 01/08/2018


On the Opening Weekend of the 2018 Futsal Season, competing FC Copa Academy teams went 20-3 in EDP League play, outscoring opponents 173-52.

“We are extremely pleased with how our teams kicked off the season,” explained Andrew Giallombardo, Director of FC Copa Futsal Academy. “Everyone was just so excited to be back, and it showed on the court. This weekend was a tremendous start for the FC Copa Futsal Academy, and we can’t wait to get back at it next weekend with State Cup and League play once more.”

The following teams won their opening matches of the 2018 season:

  • G07 Black

  • B07 Black

  • G06 Black

  • G06 Black South

  • G06 Red South

  • B06 Black

  • G05 Black

  • G05 Black South

  • B05 Black

  • G03 Black

  • B03 Black

  • G02 Black

  • G02 Black South

  • G02 Red South

  • B02 Black

  • G01 Black

  • B01 Black

  • G99/00 Black

  • B99/00 Black

  • B99/00 Black South

“To go 20-3 and score 173 points in the opening weekend of 2018 Futsal League play is exactly how we wanted to get started,” said Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching for FC Copa Academy. “We’re looking forward to working on some more of our advanced tactics now that we’ve got our feet under us with league play, but right now we are exactly where we want to be.”

FC Copa Academy congratulates all those who won their opening matches of the 2018 Futsal Season!

 
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NJCFC HEAD COACH SELECTED TO LEAD 2018 NPSL SHOWCASE N.E. TEAM
by posted 01/04/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

NEW JERSEY COPA FC HEAD COACH SELECTED TO LEAD THE 2018 NPSL SHOWCASE NORTHEAST REGION TEAM


 

METUCHEN, NJ - New Jersey Copa FC Head Coach, Roberto Aguas, has been selected to coach the Northeast Region team at the fourth annual NPSL Player Showcase which will take place on January 13-15, 2018 at Austin-Tindall Park in Kissimmee, Florida. .

 

“I could not be more honored to have been asked to coach this year’s Northeast team in NPSL Showcase,” expressed Aguas. “The success that my staff and I had this these past two years with our very own New Jersey Copa FC team resulted in not only three of our players being selected, but the committee seeing the leadership in our coaching as valuable and to be shared with others in our region.”



 

Aguas, who has been at the helm of New Jersey Copa FC throughout their first two seasons, led the team to a deep playoff run in their inaugural year, where they finished as NPSL Regional Finalists. In their sophomore season, Aguas led NJCFC to finish as 2017 NPSL Keystone Conference Regular Season Champions and Conference Finalists.

 

Coach Aguas went on to state, “We worked very diligently with the NPSL Showcase Committee to select the strongest team to showcase their talents in front of all the professional coaches and scouts this year. I look forward to leading this group of talented players and helping them in showcasing their very special skill sets ”

 

On the coaching front, the leadership of Head Coach Aguas and Associate Head Coach Englishby resulted in a very strong and successful sophomore 2016-2017 campaign, which saw the NJCFC NPSL team end the season top of the table in the Keystone Conference with a 7-1-2 record, ranked 8th out of 96 teams in the nation in the Power Ranking with a 2.33 per game point average and compete in the Lamar Hunt Us Open Cup last year.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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THREE NJ COPA FC PLAYERS EARN SPOTS IN 2018 NPSL SHOWCASE
by posted 01/04/2018


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CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

THREE NEW JERSEY COPA FC PLAYERS EARN SPOTS IN THE 2018 NPSL SHOWCASE


 

METUCHEN, NJ - Three New Jersey Copa FC players - Mike Prosuk, Nick Sica and Ryan Campbell- have been named to the 2018 NPSL Combine Northeast Region Team.

 

“We are incredibly proud of Mike, Nick and Ryan,” stated Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “Not only did they have fantastic seasons for us in the summer of 2017, but they went on to have stand-out years with their respective colleges. This is a tremendous opportunity to play in front of professional coaches, scouts and agents, and we are confident that they will prove themselves down in Florida.”

 

For New Jersey Copa FC, Prosuk had a break-out year, earning Player of the Match honors after netting 2 goals against Hershey FC. Prosuk, a sophomore transfer at Ohio State, immediately made his presence known this season scoring the game-winning goal in his first ever match for the Buckeyes. He went on to notch a goal in Ohio State’s upset of Michigan State in the BIG 10 Quarterfinals.

 

Nick Sica, one of NJCFC’s starting center backs, had an extremely strong showing in 2017 NPSL season, anchoring a stalworth backline and helping the team clench the 2017 Regular Season Championship. Playing at Kean, the sophomore Sica helped guide the Cougars to the NJAC Conference Tournament.

 

Ryan Campbell, a freshman at Rowan University, was a break-out star of NJCFC this summer, earning Player of the Match honors multiple times throughout the season. Campbell quickly proved himself to be one of the Profs best offensive weapons, scoring ten goals in his first season, including one 4-goal game.

 

“Having Mike & Ryan combining up top, while Nick led our backline, was a big reason why we were able to find the success we had this summer,” explained Associate Head Coach Billy Englishby. “I’m excited to see the impact I’m sure they’ll have on the NPSL Combine Northeast Region team- should be an incredibly fun event for them as they get to impress dozens of professional coaches, scouts and agents.”
 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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BOYS DISNEY SOCCER SHOWCASE RECAP
by posted 01/04/2018


Over New Years Eve in Orlando, Florida, the B00 Black and the B03 Black faced off against the top talent in the country at the Disney Soccer Showcase. The boys played in front of over 115 different college coaches throughout the weekend.

“This weekend was phenomenal for both teams,” expressed Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “To have exposure to so many different coaches is huge for our boys, and we are so proud with their play this weekend. In the biggest spotlight, they performed at their highest abilities and left us extremely excited to see how they find success together as teams this upcoming spring.”

The B00 Black, in one of the top brackets in Disney, went 1-1-1. In their first match up, they tied #2 in Missouri Lou Fusz 0-0, before falling 2-1 to #1 in Ohio South, Ohio Premier. To wrap-up the weekend, the boys finished strong with a 1-0 win against Strikers FC South Bay, #3 in California South.

Meanwhile, the B03 Black tied two games and dropped one in their first ever appearance in Disney. They tied their opening match 1-1 against Piedmont Triad, #1 in North Carolina. From there, they snatched another tie against #1 in Alabama VHSC Steamers, 0-0. They finished the weekend with a close 2-1 loss to Kendall SC, #4 in Florida.

“Having two of our teams competing at one of the top tournaments in the country was a tremendous experience for all, especially in front of over 100 different college coaches” said Coach Billy Englishby, the Boys Technical Director at FC Copa Academy. “We could not be prouder of these teams and their performances during the week. Performing in these high caliber events away from our home state has certainly strengthened the bond amongst these teams, and we are excited to see the progress of both of these groups and the season continues.”

“One of the best parts of the weekend was the time that the teams got to spend with each other,” said Vice President Lori Berman. “We were able to get both the B00 Black and the B03 Black together, where the older players were able to participate in a mentoring exercise with the younger players. The support the teams showed for each other throughout the weekend was truly special.”

FC Copa Academy congratulates both the B00 Black and the B03 Black on their terrific performance at the 2017 Disney Soccer Showcase!

 
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2017 YEAR IN REVIEW
by posted 01/02/2018


 

2017 has been an incredible year for FC Copa Academy and New Jersey Copa FC, on the field and on the futsal court. Staying consistent with the Academy’s mission of developing the entire person, 2017 has seen over 60 student-athletes committed to college and over 130 players making Honor Roll at their respective schools, on top of a National Championship, one Regional Championship and eight State Championships.

 

Since its founding in 2004, FC Copa Academy has grown from four teams playing in local leagues to over 50 teams competing in some of the highest leagues and showcases in the country, with a Player Pathway that culminates with our semi-professional outdoors and futsal teams in NJCFC. In 2016-2017, the club expanded to create FC Copa Academy South through strategic partnership with Rowan University, which has already had teams take home State Championships in its inaugural year. From an ever growing staff comprised of former professional players and college coaches, to brand new offices with classroom space for players, FC Copa Academy has found fantastic successes by growing both on and off the field.

 

“We could not be more proud of all that our teams have accomplished in 2017,” stated Founder, President and Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “To have such widespread success across FC Copa Academy, NJCFC and our youth and professional futsal teams has been a testament to the tireless work of our players and coaches. The dedication to their teammates, and their commitment to excellence, has accelerated the growth of our players and teams on a consistent basis.”

 

With one National Championship, one Regional Championship, eight State Championships included in the 150 different major tournament placements in 2017, FC Copa Academy has once again proven themselves to be one of the elite contenders on the national scene in both genders and all age groups. Additionally, New Jersey Copa FC had both its Men’s NPSL and Women’s UWS finish as 2017 Regular Season Champions and Conference Finalists. To cap that off, the FC Copa Futsal Academy took home four State Championships, three Regional Championships and one NJCFC Regional Championships Finalist.

 

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS & SUCCESSES

Throughout the year of 2017, over 60 different players committed to play collegiate soccer at the next level. With many of the Class of 2017 alumni already making huge contributions at schools such as Providence, Brown, UAlbany and NJIT amongst others, the Class of 2018 is eager to leave their own mark at schools like the University of Delaware, Fairfield, Gettysburg, Troy, Haverford and more. During the 2017 season, two FC Copa Academy & NJCFC Alumni made All-American teams, while fourteen more made All-Conference teams.

 

“Since the beginning, FC Copa Academy has always placed a heavy emphasis on the importance of academics,” explained Director of Academic Guidance Lori Berman. “We always tell our student-athletes that the best thing they can do for their college recruitments is make sure they pay as much attention to their grades as they do their performance on the field. To have over 60 players commit within 2017 alone, many to top-tier academic institutions with fantastic programs, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes.”

 

To view the full list of Class of 2018 commitments, please visit the FC Copa Academy Alumni page.

 

CHAMPIONSHIPS

FC Copa Academy brought home another National Championship when the G00 Black won the NPL this past summer in Indiana, which was highlighted in a feature story by Soccer.com. Six different teams took home eight State Championships (B03 Black, B03 Black South, G03 Black, G00 Red [both NJ Cup & US Club], G00 Black and G98/99 Black [both NJ Cup & US Club]), and the G01 Black took home a US Club Regional Championship while the G00 Red finished as Finalists in the President’s Cup Regionals.

 

In total in 2017, FC Copa Academy teams took home 150 different major tournament titles, including Disney, NCFC (formerly known as CASL), Jeff Cup and more. At the end of 2017, 20 different FC Copa Academy teams finished in the Top 25 of NJ, with four more finishing in the Top 15 in the United States and two achieving #1 in the country rankings.

 

The younger teams of FC Copa Academy had a very impressive showing at the Third Annual FC Copa Cup, with four Champions (B04 Black South, G07 Black, G06 Black, G05 Black) and three Finalists (G06 Black South, G03 Black, B06 Black). Throughout the Fall of 2017, the G07 Black, G06 Black and G06 Black South made it to the Spring rounds of the EDP Open Cup, going against top teams throughout the entire league. Additionally, many of the younger teams have already been accepted into prestigious tournaments such as Jefferson Cup for 2018, starting as young as the Academy’s 07 age group.

 

FUTSAL

The FC Copa Futsal Academy had a record-breaking year, with 24 different teams that took home four Futsal State Championships and three USFF Regional Championships. Six teams finished as Futsal State Finalists, with one more finishing as a Semi-Finalist.

 

Meanwhile, New Jersey Copa FC debuted their own semi-professional futsal squads at the USFF Regionals, where the Women finished as Regional Finalists. The Men now compete in the National League of Professional Futsal (NLPF), which is the second division of pro-futsal in the United States.

 

NEW JERSEY COPA FC

Throughout their sophomore campaign in 2017, New Jersey Copa FC had a phenomenal run on both the Men’s NPSL and Women’s UWS sides. Both the Men and the Women finished as 2017 Regular Season Champions in their respective conferences (the Keystone Conference in the NPSL, and the Eastern Conference in the UWS), and both squads made runs into the post-season ending as Conference Championship Finalists.

 

Founded by Copa players for Copa players, the Official Supporters Club of NJCFC was a huge success- COPA NATION. With record-setting attendance and unique promotions for each game day, COPA NATION showed up in full force to create a true home-field advantage for NJCFC.

 

After finding successes for New Jersey Copa FC, five different players signed professional contracts in the United States and abroad. Playing in places like Iceland, Switzerland, England, and Pittsburgh, NJCFC has proven itself once again to develop top-tier professional talent.

 

NJCFC is holding its first tryouts of 2018 throughout the first two weeks of January - more information can be found at www.njcopafc.com.

 

GOALKEEPING

This year, FC Copa Academy & NJCFC brought on a new Director of Goalkeeping - Rogerio Celaya, joining the club from IMG Academy in Florida. Previously, he served as the US Development Academy Head Goalkeeper Coach in addition to collegiate coaching stops at LSU-Shreveport & Minot State University. As a player, Coach Rogerio competed for SMU & LSU-Shreveport, and went on to play professionally abroad as well as for the MLS Colorado Rapids.

 

"I'm beyond excited to be here," expressed Coach Rogerio. "I'm so happy to get the chance to work with this staff, and most importantly, the incredible athletes within the Academy."

 

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“We could not have had any of these successes without the neverending dedication from our FC Copa Academy and New Jersey Copa FC Staff, Coaches and Families,” expressed Aguas. “Everything we achieve is a reflection of the incredibly special players and families we have at Copa. We cannot thank everyone enough for their commitment to the club, and look forward to another phenomenal year in 2018 together!”

 
 
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NEW JERSEY COPA FC ANNOUNCES WINTER 2018 TRYOUTS
by posted 12/31/2017


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

NEW JERSEY COPA FC ANNOUNCES WINTER 2018 TRYOUTS

 

METUCHEN, NJ - The semi-professional soccer franchise New Jersey Copa FC has announced that it will hold Winter 2018 Tryouts in early January at the Metuchen Sportsplex in Metuchen, NJ.

 

On Wednesday, January 3rd, Friday, January 5th, Wednesday, January 10th and Friday, January 12th, NJCFC will host players who look to tryout for the NPSL or UWS teams, their respective Reserve squads and the U23’s and U20’s Elite Collegiate Program. All of the women will try out first (the UWS, Women’s Reserves, U23’s & U20’s) from 9:00am-10:30am, followed by all of the men (the NPSL, Men’s Reserves, U23’s & U20’s) from 10:30am-12:00pm.

 

“Going into our third year of existence, the expectations are higher than ever,” explained Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “We’ve achieved an impressive number of successes on both the Men’s & Women’s side, with finishes as 2016 UWS National Finalists, 2016 NPSL Regional Finalists, and 2017 UWS & NPSL Regular Season and Conference Champions. We have all the building blocks in place to have another fantastic year, and we can’t wait to get started.”

 

In the 2017 offseason on both the Men’s & the Women’s side, New Jersey Copa FC & the Elite Collegiate Program has seen two players earn prestigious All-American Honors - Jeanine Nunez playing for Adelphi University, and Achim Younker playing for Johns Hopkins University. Countless more have made huge impacts for their collegiate teams, such as Mike Prosuk at Ohio State, Sydney Cummings at Brown University, Modou Sowe at Rowan University, Katrina Nyugen-DeMary and Jenny Callaghan at NJIT, Jonathan Firmino at Georgian Court, Andrea Leitner at UAlbany, Alexis Williams at George Washington and Christina Rodgers at Providence.

 

In addition to the accolades from the collegiate players, six more members of NJCFC who have already graduated signed professional contracts in the off-season: 2016 UWS Player of the Year Krystyna Freda to Barcelona FA in Cyprus, Jenny Bitzer to Durham FC in England, Kristen Shea and Rebecca Raber to FF Lugano in Switzerland, Phoenetia Browne to UMF Sindri in Iceland (where she was joined by Bitzer for five weeks leading up to Durham’s season) and Matt Perrella to the USL-side Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

 

To fill out an evaluation form, or to learn more about NJCFC and the tryouts, please visit www.njcopafc.com.

 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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DISNEY SOCCER SHOWCASE - BOYS PREVIEW
by posted 12/27/2017


Over New Years Eve of 2017, the B00 Black and the B03 Black will make the trip down to Orlando Florida to compete in the prestigious Disney Soccer Showcase. Held across December 27th through December 31st, the B00 Black and B03 Black are competing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

 

“We are very excited to get down there and prove ourselves worthy of our state and national rankings” explained Coach Billy Englishby. “We’re going up against some great teams from all over the nation, so we’re ready to go toe-to-toe with the best competition in the country. We’ve been working extremely hard in training and in our games leading up to this tournament, and have had it circled on our calendars for quite some time now.”

 

The B00 Black are currently ranked #2 in the state of New Jersey, and 11th in the United States. For the Disney Soccer Showcase, they earned the #2 seed, and will go up against #7 Strikers FC South Bay (CA), #10 Ohio Premier NL (OH) and #15 Lou Fusz Geerling (MO) in Group B of the U18 Boys.

 

The B00 Black were featured on ESPN’s Disney Bracket Selection Show, where the hosts commented on FC Copa Academy and the team. “They have the full Player Pathway,” said the host. “They know what they’re doing, and they understand what it takes to reach the highest levels.”

 

“This team has had great potential for a while now, so it’s fantastic to see them realizing it as a team together in their U18 year,” explained Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching. “They’ve been playing a very impressive brand of soccer over the last year, and have steadily climbed up the state and national rankings. We are confident that they will contend for the Championship down in Disney, and cannot wait to watch them play against some of the top teams in the country for their age group.”

 

Meanwhile, the B03 Black, currently ranked 3rd in NJ and 30th in the country, will be going up against Piedmont Triad (#2 in North Carolina), VHCS Steamers (#1 in Alabama), and Kendall SC (#3 in Florida).

 

"The B03 Black have impressed everyone over the course of the last year," said Aguas. "With a State Championship and an EDP Open Cup Championship throughout the 2016-2017 year, it has been great to watch them grow into themselves. We are all very excited for the immense potential of this group, and look forward to seeing them challenge some of the best teams throughout the country to claim their next major tournament championship."

 

"We were lucky enough to find some great successes with the Girls for their own Disney Showcase a few weeks ago," stated Lori Berman, Vice President of FC Copa Academy. "We are very excited to see the Boys leave their own mark on this elite tournament."

 

FC Copa Academy wishes the B00 Black and the B03 Black the very best of luck as they travel to the 2017 Disney Soccer Showcase this New Years Eve!

 
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FC COPA ACADEMY - 60+ PLAYERS EARN HIGH SCHOOL POST-SEASON AWARD
by posted 12/22/2017


Throughout the 2017 High School soccer season, a multitude of different FC Copa Academy players from all different ages, genders and levels made a big impact for their respective teams.

Almost 60 different players earned post-season accolades- four earning Player Of The Year, eight earning All-State, sixteen earning All-Area/All-Group, ten All-County and 43 All-Division/All-Conference.

“This past high school season has been a fun one for us to watch,” explained Vice President Lori Berman. “To have so many different players from all our teams perform well is so rewarding, and speaks to the caliber of leadership our players possess. We are incredibly proud of all of their achievements.”

The following FC Copa Academy players earned post-season accolades:

 

GIRLS

 

G99/00

  • Mya Stolarski

    • G99/00 Black

    • All NJ Group 1 - First Team

    • All Middlesex County - First Team

    • All GMC Blue Division - First Team

    • All Home News Tribune - First Team

    • Leading Scorer in GMC with 30 Goals and 20 assists for 50 points

    • Metuchen Team MVP

    • Set Metuchen school season scoring record for a season (30 Goals/20 assists/50 points)

    • Metuchen Team Captain

  • Christine Cataldo-Smith

    • G99/00 Black

    • Junior at Pennsbury High School

    • Suburban One League-All-Conference -Third Team

    • Pennsbury High School Offensive MVP (led team in goals and total points despite missing beginning of season due to injury and rehab)

    • Selected to be 2018 Team Captain

    • Bucks County Courier Times Golden Team-- Second Team

  • Christina Cernuto

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Somerville High School

    • MVP for Somerville

    • 1st Ballot Athletic Hall of Famer

    • First Team All State for Group 3 (3rd year)

    • 3rd Team All State for all Groups

    • All Conference (3rd year) and All Area (3rd year)

    • Broke record for most goals scored in 4 years and another record for most goals scored in one season

    • 84 Goals in four years

  • Noelle Golden

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Hunterdon Central

    • Captain - Most Minutes Played

    • My Central New Jersey Player of the Week - September 2017

    • Named one of the Top 75 Senior girls soccer players in NJ

    • Named All County, Delaware Division (Skyland Conference) 2nd Team

    • 2017 Hunterdon County Democrat All-Area Team

  • Aytana Muschajew

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Parsippany Hills HS

    • First Team All-Group 2

    • First Team All-National Division, NJAC

  • Lauren Krinsky

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at East Brunswick HS

    • NJGSCA ALL-AMERICAN nominee

    • UNITED SOCCER COACHES ALL-EAST REGIONAL TEAM (One GK in over 5000 HS teams)

    • First Team ALL- STATE NJ

    • First Team ALL-NJ Girls Soccer

    • First Team ALL GROUP 4

    • GMC Player of the Year NJ.com

    • GMC CO-Player of Year mycentralJersey.com

    • ALL GMC DIVISION

    • ALL RED DIVISION

  • Kat Rebele

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Holmdel High School

    • 2017 Shore Conference Coaches All Division Team

    • All-Class A Central

  • Jada Colbert

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Freehold HS

    • First Team All-State

    • First Team All-Group 4

    • Co-Player of the year - Shore Conference

  • Jasmine Colbert

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Freehold HS

    • First Team All-State

    • First Team All-Group 4

    • Co-Player of the year - Shore Conference

  • Emma Lombardo

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Pingry

    • Third Team All-Non-Public

    • First Team All-Delaware Division

  • Gianna Alfano

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Watchung Hills

    • Second Team All-Raritan Division

  • Charlotte Glancey

    • G99/00 Black

    • Senior at Montgomery

    • First Team All-Skyland Conference

  • Cat Woelfe

    • G99/00 Red

    • Junior at Gill St. Bernards

    • Second Team All-Mountain Division

  • Grace Massell

    • G99/00 Red

    • Senior at Middletown South

    • Third Team All Group Three

  • Sydney Meller

    • G99/00 Red

    • Senior at Waldwick HS

    • NJIC All Patriot Division Honorable Mention

  • Sam Persaud

    • G99/00 White

    • Senior at North Brunswick

    • First Team All-White Division

  • Katie Feit

    • G99/00 White

    • Senior at Oak Knoll

    • Honorable Mention All-Mountain Division

  • Caity Shannon

    • G99/00 White

    • Senior at JP Stevens

    • First Team All-Red Division

  • Alli Kline

    • G99/00 White

    • Senior at Franklin HS

    • Coach’s Award for the Season

    • 1st Team Skyland Conference

    • Somerset County Tournament Semi-Finalists

  • Jackie D’Amico

    • G99/00 White

    • Senior at Notre Dame School

    • Varsity Captain

    • All-Star Award

  • Nichole Adams

    • G99/00 White

    • Senior at Old Bridge

    • Old bridge High School-MVP

    • GMC Red Division Co- Champions

    • GMC All Conference Player

    • GMC All Red Division Player

    • Home News Tribune Player of the Year

  • Adriana Mercado

    • G99/00 Black South

    • Winslow Township High School

    • Varsity Captain

    • All Conference Second Team

  • Destiny Waitr

    • G99/00 Black South

    • Senior at Triton

    • First Team All-Diamond Division

  • Angela Rosenberger

    • G99/00 Black South

    • Junior at Williamstown High School

    • 2nd Team All-Conference

    • 2017 Coaches Award Recipient

 

G01

  • Mackenzie Cangro

    • G01 Black

    • Old Bridge HS

    • Defender of the Year

    • All-Red Division

  • Hannah Villasin

    • G01 Black

    • Sophomore at West Orange HS

    • First Time Liberty Division Champions

    • All-Liberty Division Honorable Mention

    • 2017 All-Super Essex Conference Team of the Year

  • Morgan Clark

    • G01 Black

    • Sophomore at West Orange HS

    • First Time Liberty Division Champions

    • First Team All-Liberty Division

    • 2017 All-Super Essex Conference Team of the Year

  • Sami Howard

    • G01 Black

    • Junior at Marlboro HS

    • Team MVP

    • Shore Conference All-Class A North team

  • Sophie Daley

    • G01 Black

    • Junior at Pequannock Township High School

    • NJAC First Team All-Conference

  • Melanie Albicocco

    • G01 Black

    • Junior at Notre Dame Academy

    • Champions - Island archdiocese and New York City

  • Kayla Flynn

    • G01 Black

    • Junior at East Brunswick

    • First Team All-Red Division

  • Haley Mitchell

    • G01 Red

    • Junior at Phillipsburg

    • First Team All-Raritan Division

 

G02

  • Chloe Lang

    • G02 Black South

    • Sophomore at Kingsway Regional High School

    • NJ.com New Talent Sophomores

    • Rookie of the Year for Kingsway

  • Fallon Wald

    • G02 Black

    • Freehold

    • JV Defensive player of the year

  • Alexa Geloso

    • G02 Black

    • Sophomore at St. Joseph By The Sea

    • S.I.C.H.S.A.A All-League team

    • Named Varsity Captain for 2018

  • Amanda Aloia

    • G02 Black

    • Sophomore at Rutgers Prep

    • All-Skyland Conference

  • Gianna Nigro

    • G02 Black

    • Sophomore at Johnson

    • Third Team All-Group 2

    • First Team County All-Star Valley

 

G03

  • Peyton Gilmore

    • G03 Black South

    • Freshman at Delsea HS 

    • Varsity First Team All-Conference

    • 20 goals & 10 assists for Varsity

    • Top 75 Freshman to Watch NJ.Com

    • Player of the Week NJ.com

  • Jules Ryan

    • G03 Black

    • Freshman at St. Joseph By The Sea

    • Co-MVP

    • SICHSAA Varsity All League Team

    • Started all games as a freshman, scored 14 goals

  • Gabrielle Davis

    • G03 Black

    • Freshmen at Franklin HS

    • Varsity girls soccer team

    • Tied school record for the most goals scored in a game (5)

    • All-Conference Second Team Skyland Conference

    • Named Top 50 Freshman by NJ.com

  • Emmy Sinnett

    • G03 Black South

    • Freshman at Clearview

    • Golden Boot Award - 20 goals and 12 assists


 

BOYS

 

B99/00

  • Gabe Jefferies

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Ridge High School

    • All Somerset County 2nd Team

    • Skyland Conference 1st Team

    • Representative for Ridge Boys Soccer at NJ State Banquet

  • Brendan Duffy

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Freehold

    • 2nd Team All A North

    • Commitment to Excellence Award

  • Michael Gianino

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at St. Peter’s Boys High School

    • CHSAA Championship - 1 Goal / Tie Breaker Goal & 2 Assists

    • Won All League Award

    • Selected for NYC Mayor’s Cup

    • Highest Goal Scorer & Highest Assists at St. Peter’s with 27 goals and 20 assists

    • Coaches All Star SIHSSL AWARD

  • Charlie Rodgers

    • B99/00 Black

    • Montgomery HS

    • First Team All-Conference

    • First Team All-County

    • All-State

    • Montgomery Best Offensive Player

  • Peter DeFelice

    • B99/00 Black

    • First Team All-County &  All-State

  • Zach Colgan

    • B99/00 Red

    • Senior at Sayreville HS

    • All White Division - All County - All State

  • Mark Stachowski

    • B99/00 Red

    • Senior at Ridge High School

    • All-Skyland Conference 2nd Team

    • Honorable Mention All-Somerset County

    • Co-Top Scorer for RHS

  • Paul Silva

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Seton Hall Prep

    • 2 goals, 6 assists

    • 2017 Coaches Award Seton Hall Prep Pirates

    • 2017 Honorable Mentions All-SEC Conference American Division

    • 2017 Second-Team All-Essex Conference

  • Adam Silva

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Seton Hall Prep

    • 7 goals, 21 assists

    • 2017 MVP Seton Hall Prep Pirates

    • 2017 First-Team All-SEC Conference American Division

    • 2017 First-Time All-Essex Conference

    • 2017 First-Team All Non-Public

    • 2017 First-Team SCNJ All State (Soccer Coaches Assoc of NJ)

    • 2017 Second-Team All-State Boys Soccer

  • Mike Neff

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Holmdel High School

    • Second Team All-Group 2

    • First Team All-Shore Conference

  • Griffin Hayward

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Matawan HS

    • First Team All-Shore Conference

  • Liam McGregor

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Middletown North

    • Second Team All-Shore Conference

  • Justin Gallardo

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Carteret

    • First Team All-Division

  • Drew Haught

    • B99/00 Black

    • Senior at Glouster County Christian School

    • School record with 33 goals in 2017 - 18 assists on the year.  
    • Third straight 1st team All-Star Award
    • Scored 2 goals in a 3-0 League Championship win
    • #1 ranked player in the state on MaxxPreps.com with 84 points

 

B01

  • Miles Cunningham

    • B01 Black

    • Red Bank Regional HS

    • Outstanding Underclassman Award

 

B02

  • Yanni Hatzistefnis

    • B02 Black

    • Freshman at Spotswood

    • First-Team All-Blue Division

    • Voted Top 100 sophomores in New Jersey

  • Guhnvir Singh

    • B02 Black

    • Sophomore at Wardlaw Hartridge

    • All-Prep B Second Team

    • Leading Goal Scorer

    • Player of the Week Honors 2x

  • Isaac Ball

    • B02 Black

    • Sophomore at Freehold Boro HS

    • Rookie of the Year with 6 goals and 4 assists as a starter

 

B03

  • Ricardo Vieira

    • B03 Red

    • Freshman at East Side High School

    • Team Captain & MVP

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CAT WOELFLE - CLASS OF 2019 - GETTYSBURG COLLEGE
by posted 12/21/2017


Cat Woelfle, member of the FC Copa Academy G99/00 Red team, has officially committed to Gettysburg to play collegiate soccer starting in 2019.

“Joining FC Copa was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made,” Woelfle stated. “Through their academy teams, futsal teams, and clinics, they have taught be how to be a player with technical ability, athleticism, and passion for the game. FC Copa has taught me how to have confidence on the field, as well as off the field.”

Woelfle, a FC Copa Academy fixture who has been with the club for over seven years, had many different favorite memories to choose from.

“In my early years on FC Copa, I played on the Roma team and my most memorable experience with them is when we were champions of our first tournament at the Jefferson Cup in 2014,” explained Woelfle, going back in her timeline of her FC Copa Academy career. “When the age groups changed, I was put the U18 G00 Red team with all new girls. It did not take very long to become close with these girls. They have been so supportive, and the bond between everyone has contributed a lot to our success as a team and as individual players. We are a family and know what it is like to play for each other. I can truly say I have made life long friends on this team and on the Roma as well.”

Starting at FC Copa Academy at U11, Woelfle has also had the opportunity to be led by different coaches, all of whom left a unique impact on her. “I have had the opportunity to be on FC Copa for a long time, and have been able to work with several coaches who have all played an important role in my soccer career- Coach Roberto, Coach TJ, Coach Steve, Coach Craig, and, most recently, Coach Mary,” Woelfle said. “Each coach had an impact on my development and success as a player. Coach Mary has pushed me to be the best player I can be. She showed me what my strengths are and gave me the confidence I have today. As a defensive player herself, she has helped me master the skills I needed in order to play at the collegiate level. I am truly grateful for Coach Mary and every FC Copa coach who has contributed to my soccer career over the years.”

“Cat has done a tremendous job coming back from an ACL tear and has grown into a player that rarely, if ever, comes off the field,” said Coach Mary Hearin. “She is an extremely hard worker and has shown the ability to grow and adapt her game to whatever the situation calls for. Her teammates really enjoy playing with her, and I’ve really enjoyed coaching her. I’m excited to see what the future holds for her at Gettysburg.”

Understanding her goals early was key for Woelfle, who said, “From the very beginning, I always knew I wanted to be a collegiate athlete.” Woelfle continued, stated that, “FC Copa has taught me that grades are the most important thing throughout high school and they have helped me push myself to be the best I can be in the classroom. My academic success gave me the ability to meet the requirements for the great school that Gettysburg is. Through my attendance at Copa's College Nights, and hearing other athletes talk about their recruitment process, really helped me along the way too. Coach Lori Berman has always been a great support for me and I appreciate everything she has done for me over the years.”

In addition to her grades, Woelfle says that FC Copa Academy helped her recruitment process from the soccer side as well. “FC Copa has provided exposure to many different showcases and colleges over the past few years,” said Woelfe. “Coach Mary has been my biggest supporter along the way and is a big reason why I have the success I do today. Every coach I have worked with also trained my team in preparation for the collegiate level.”

When asked to give advice to younger FC Copa Academy players who are interested in playing collegiate soccer, Woelfle stressed the importance of committing fully to the process. “I am very fortunate to be committed early in my junior year,” recognized Woelfle. “For all of the athletes, while the recruitment process can be stressful at times, make sure you are consistent and don't give up. Make sure you pursue the colleges that you are very interested in through emails and all the exposure you can get. It is important to see yourself fitting in well to the soccer program and to the academic program, along with coaches and team. I am very fortunate to have found a school where I found all of that and I am excited to continue my career at Gettysburg College!”

Woelfle, who plays her high school soccer for Gill St. Bernards, led her team to the Non-Public A Semi-Finals after going 13-6-1 with the Knights this past season. She looks to join a Gettysburg squad, alongside her fellow FC Copa Academy player Emma Bedell from the G99/00 Black, that made it to the Centennial Conference Championship in 2017.

FC Copa Academy wishes Cat the very best of luck, and cannot wait to cheer her on as she dons a Bullets uniform in the fall of 2019!

 
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FC COPA ACADEMY & NJCFC ALUMNI COLLEGIATE SUCCESSES
by posted 12/14/2017


Throughout the course of the 2017 collegiate season, multiple FC Copa Academy & NJCFC Alumni earned prestigious end-of-the-season honors and awards, including one All-American Second Team.

 

“Many of our Alumni found great successes for their college teams this season,” explained Roberto Aguas, Head Coach of NJCFC & Executive Director of Coaching for FC Copa Academy. “To have so many earn post-season honors is really exciting, especially with the amount of underclassmen who are making big impacts for their colleges. We cannot express how proud we are of all our alumni.”

 

The following FC Copa Academy & NJCFC Alumni earned top post-season honors:

 

FC Copa Academy

  • Achim Yonker (Johns Hopkins University)

    • All-American 2nd Team

    • All-Mid Atlantic Region 1st Team

    • All-Centennial Conference 1st Team

  • Sydney Cummings (Brown University)

    • All-Ivy League 2nd Team

  • Michaela Knoblock (Montclair State University)

    • All-NJAC 2nd Team

  • Mel Cunha (Montclair State University)

    • All-NJAC Honorable Mention

  • Emily Jurseck (Kean University)

    • All-NJAC Honorable Mention

  • Alexis Williams (George Washington University)

    • A-10 All-Freshman Team

  • Kevin Irving (Muhlenberg)

    • All-Centennial Conference 1st Team

  • Bryan Yasowski (Moravian)

    • All-Landmark Conference 1nd Team

  • Jimmy Evangelos (Gettysburg)

    • All-Centennial Conference Honorable Mention

  • Barbara Ferreira (UCC)

    • NJCAA Region XIX 1st Team

 

NJCFC

  • Modue Sowe (Rowan)

    • South Atlantic All Region 1st Team

    • NJAC Defensive Player of the Year

    • All-NJAC 1st Team

  • Jeanine Nunez (Adelphi)

    • All-American Third Team

    • All-East Region 1st Team

    • NE-10 All Conference 1st Team

  • Jonathan Firmino (Georgian Court University)

    • All-EAST Region 3rd Team

    • All-CACC Second Team


 

FC Copa Academy & New Jersey Copa FC congratulate all those who earned collegiate post-season honors!

 
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NJCFC DEFENDER BITZER SIGNS WITH DURHAM FC SUPER LEAGUE
by posted 12/12/2017


CONTACT

Steve Lengen

General Manager

New Jersey Copa FC

Steve.Lengen@fccopa.com

(732) 662-5202


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 

NJCFC DEFENDER BITZER SIGNS WITH DURHAM FC SUPER LEAGUE

 

METUCHEN, NJ - Jenny Bitzer, who has played for NJCFC since its founding in 2016, has signed a professional contract to play for Durham FC’s Super League team in England.

 

The German native joins Durham after a very successful season playing pro in Iceland alongside another NJCFC alum Phoenetia Browne. Browne played for NJCFC for in 2016 (an FC Copa Academy Alumni herself) and UMF Sindri since April of 2017. Bitzer and Browne both played alongside with each other with the UWS team of NJCFC in the summer of 2016, as well as NJCFC’s professional futsal squad in 2017.

 

“Copa has really prepared me so much for this kind of opportunity,” said Bitzer. “NJCFC helped me by staying match fit with their training and playing competitive games. Coach Roberto and the entire organization kept me in shape and helped me get the real feeling of playing competitive soccer at a high level. I have to thank Copa for it.”  

 

“We are incredibly proud of Jenny,” explained Head Coach Roberto Aguas. “She has always had the drive and the will to make it to the next level. We’re so happy for her to achieve her dream of signing a professional contract for Durham FC, playing in the Super League. I have no doubts that she’ll make an immediate impact for them.”

 

In her last two seasons with the UWS team, Bitzer won two back-to-back Regular Season Eastern Conference Championships (2016 & 2017). Along with the two titles, Bitzer has been able to provide one goal and two assists, along with seven shutouts. She appeared in the National Championship in 2016, and led her team to a Eastern Conference Finalist finish in 2017.

 

Bitzer has experience of competing in Europe prior to joining NJCFC after playing in her home country of Germany. She was a member of the 1899 Hoffenheim reserves team in Germany’s third club level in 2012 before she moved to the United States for college.

 

Bitzer came to the U.S. on a soccer scholarship, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from NCAA Division I Manhattan College. Before moving to the city, Bitzer went on to play at Louisiana Tech for two years before transferring over to Manhattan College after her sophomore year. There, Bitzer was awarded the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-MAAC Second team in both her Junior and Senior season.

 

While competing for their Super League team, Bitzer will also be attending Durham University, where she plans to get her Masters in Finance and Economics.
 


 

ABOUT NJCFC

 

In their first season in the NPSL, New Jersey Copa FC Men finished with an 8-5-2 record in the Summer of 2016. Following their successes, they qualified for the playoffs, and advanced to be one of the final eight teams out of 85 total teams throughout the NPSL league in the National Championship Tournament.

 

New Jersey Copa FC Women had a storybook run in their first season competing in the UWS, where they were 2016 UWS Eastern Conference Champions. They eventually lost in the final minutes of overtime to Santa Clarita, the UWS Western Champions, in the inaugural National Final.

 

In 2017, both teams finished as Regular Season Champions and Conference Finalists.

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For more information, please feel free to contact Steve Lengen, New Jersey Copa FC General Manager, at or (732) 662-5202.

 

www.njcopafc.com

33 Bridge Street

Metuchen, New Jersey

08840

 
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NCAA COLLEGE CUP, PENN FUSION & PA CLASSICS PREVIEW
by posted 12/08/2017


The second weekend of December 2017 will see ten different high school age teams represent FC Copa Academy at three different high level college showcases: the NCAA College Cup Showcase, the Girls PA Classics and Penn Fusion.

 

“This is really our last big weekend before we break for the holidays, so we’re eager to make a statement,” explained Pat Snyder, the Girls Technical Director for FC Copa Academy. “After a great start to our high school age teams over the past few weeks, we’re rounding into form at the right time and cannot wait to get out there and compete at PA Classics.”

 

“The showcase calendar for the Boys side this year picks up a little later than the girls, with our trip to Disney not happening until after Christmas,” said the Boys Technical Director Billy Englishby. “We attended some great tournaments so far and find quality results for numerous boys teams. We are extremely excited to compete at two different tournaments this weekend, in the NCAA College Cup Showcase and Penn Fusion.

 

The following teams will be traveling to the following tournaments:

 

NCAA College Cup

  • B02 Black

  • B01 Black

  • B00 Red

 

Penn Fusion

  • B03 Black

  • B00 Black

 

PA Classics

  • G02 Black

  • G02 Red

  • G01 Red

  • G00 Red

  • G00 White


 

FC Copa Academy wishes all ten teams competing the very best of luck this weekend at the NCAA College Cup, Penn Fusion and PA Classics!

 
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NCFC & PA CLASSICS RECAP - THREE CHAMPIONS
by posted 12/06/2017


Over the first weekend of December 2017, three FC Copa Academy teams finished on top of their respective college showcase tournaments- the G03 Black at the NCFC Showcase and the B03 Red and  B01 Red at PA Classics.

 

“We are extremely proud of all of our teams’ accomplishments from this weekend,” said Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching for FC Copa Academy. “Three different champions from two different tournaments is fantastic. All three teams are heading for more great things down their paths, and we are excited to help them continue to find success along the way.”

 

The G03 Black finished at the top of their bracket during their first ever visit to the NCFC Showcase (formerly known as CASL). They beat Maryland United 3-0,  HFC Red 5-2 and PA Century United 2-0 to go 3-0.

 

“We are starting to see some of the specific areas we have been working on come to fruition,” explained Coach Roberto Aguas. “We still have many areas to continue to grow in, but we’re so proud to have these girls go 3-0 in this top showcase. It was a fantastic time spent together bonding as a team and truly getting to know one another. We will continue to work this week in preparation for our Open Cup Match this weekend.”

 

The B03 Red had an amazing showing at PA Classics, finishing atop their bracket with an impressive record of 3-0 only conceding two goals while scoring 13. Ending with a 3-0 win over Arsenal FC, the B03 Red also beat PA Classics 4-1 and a commanding 6-1 win over Pipeline.

 

“This weekend was the best performance from these boys I've ever seen,” said Coach Angelo Jack. “They had a great tournament run. The boys trusted the game plan, scored some great goals off corners and set-pieces and looked very sharp in all areas.”

 

The B01 Red started off with a 0-0 tie against PA Classics, before cruising to a 5-0 win over Stafford SC in their second game of the weekend. To round out the weekend, the B01 Red finished off Pipeline with a 3-0 win to end at the top of the bracket.

 

“Much of the last game was played in our attacking half- we created lots of chances from wide areas as well as central areas,” explained Coach Angelo Jack. “Good fluent ball movement and tons of overlapping from our fullbacks helped us to get these wins. The boys showed great this weekend.”

 

FC Copa Academy congratulations the G03 Black, the B03 Red and B01 Red on their top place finishes this past weekend at NCFC Showcase and PA Classics!

 
 
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NCFC GIRLS SHOWCASE PREVIEW
by posted 12/01/2017


Over the first weekend of December, three FC Copa Academy Girls teams will take the field at the prestigious NCFC Girls Showcase, formerly known as CASL. The G99/00 Black, the G01 Black and the G03 Black will all be competing against the top talent in the country as all three teams make the trip following a very successful weekend at the Disney Soccer Showcase over Thanksgiving.

 

“This is always one of our favorite events of the year, by far,” explained Vice President Lori Berman. “It’s a top notch tournament, really well run, with fantastic teams from all across the country. We’ve had some great successes here in the past, so we’re really excited to be back and prove ourselves once again.”

 

“After our top finishes at Disney last weekend, I think all three teams have put themselves in a really great spot leading into NCFC,” said Girls Technical Director Pat Snyder. “With the G99/00 Black finishing undefeated in the top bracket, and the G01 Black and G03 Black finishing second in their groups, we’re all really excited to get back at it this weekend and continue on our path forward.”

 

FC Copa Academy wishes the G99/00 Black, the G01 Black and the G03 Black the best of luck this upcoming weekend at the NCFC Girls Showcase (formerly CASL)!

 
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NPL OPENING WEEKEND PREVIEW
by posted 12/01/2017


On Saturday, December 2nd, the FC Copa Academy Boys side will open up National Premier League (NPL) play. Held in Pittsgrove, NJ at a neutral site, the B04 Black, the B03 Black, the B02 Black, the B01 Black and the B99/00 Black will face off against the Philadelphia Ukrainians.

 

“With the newly structured NPL season, we are extremely excited to begin competition in this format,” said Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “To get the opportunity for all of our high school aged teams be together for the day and watch each other play is fantastic, and we’re facing off against top quality competition. We are very eager to get started this weekend as the ‘04s-99/00s all travel together to open up NPL play for 2017-2018.”

 

“After a great 2016-2017 year, we’re ready to get started here for the 2017-2018 year,” said Billy Englishby, the FC Copa Academy Boys Technical Director. “We are going to be playing against the top clubs in the nation, which will be a tremendous opportunity for us to continue our path of growth. I am looking forward to having the Boys side all be together this weekend, and having the chance to continue to learn from and support one another.”

 

FC Copa Academy wishes all competing teams the best of luck this upcoming weekend for the opening matches of NPL play!

 
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THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 2017 - NINE TOURNAMENT PLACEMENTS
by posted 11/29/2017


Over Thanksgiving Weekend of 2017, nine different FC Copa Academy teams had top finishes over four different tournaments and three college showcases: Disney Soccer Showcase, PDA Boys Showcase, EDP Fall Showcase, and the West Deptford Thanksgiving Tournament.

 

“To have this wide-spread success across our different age groups and levels has been fantastic,” expressed Boys Technical Director Billy Englishby. “On the boys side, particularly in the 03 age group, it was great to see all three of our teams place. This was a wonderful showing ahead of our remaining upcoming tournaments, including PA Classics, the NCAA Tournament Showcase and the Disney Boys Showcase.”

 

“We had a great showing at Disney with the G00 Black, the G01 Black, the G02 Black and the G03 Black, but we were incredibly pleased with the success of all our teams this past weekend,” said Girls Technical Director Pat Snyder. “Leading up to our final tournaments of the season, including the NCFC Showcase and PA Classics, we feel like we’re on a great path right now with all our teams.”

 

The following teams placed in Thanksgiving Weekend Tournaments:

 

West Deptford Thanksgiving Tournament:

G06 Red South Champions
G05 Black South Semi Finalists
G04 Black South Finalists


EDP Fall Showcase:
B03 Black Finalists
B03 Black South Champions
B03 Red Semifinalists

B01 Red Semifinalists


PDA Showcase:
B02 Black 2nd in group

 

NEWSS:

G00 White 2nd in group


 

FC Copa Academy congratulates all those teams who placed this Thanksgiving weekend, and wishes all those competing this upcoming weekend the best of luck!

 
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GRACE MASSELL - CLASS OF 2018 - KEAN UNIVERSITY
by posted 11/29/2017


Grace Massell, player for the FC Copa Academy G00 Red team, has officially committed to Kean University for the Fall of 2018.

 

Massell, who has been with the club for four years now, said that she always felt supported throughout her time with FC Copa Academy. “FC Copa helped me become the player I am today because I had better training than ever,” explained Massell. “All of my coaches throughout the years were willing to help me with whatever I was struggling on.”

 

Over the course of four years, Massell has helped her team to many successes, such as leading the G00 Red to finish as Champions in the Manhattan Kickoff Classic, Jefferson Cup, the Columbia Invitational and the EDP Spring Showcase, as well as becoming Regional Finalists. When asked what she will remember the most, Massell chose one particularly impressive accomplishment from the Spring 2017 season. “My most memorable moment with FC Copa would have to be winning both state cups this year,” said Massell.

 

Massell has played primarily under Coach Mary Hearin, who heads up the G00 Red. “Coach Mary has really helped me improve as a player throughout the last year,” Massell stated. “She moved me from forward, the position I had always played, to outside back. She really helped me develop as an outside back.”

 

“Grace has really proven herself to be a phenomenal team player,” said Coach Mary. “She never questioned the decision to move her from forward to outside back, and instead showcased her stellar work rate to do whatever she needed to help her teammates. She’s got a bit of an edge to her, a fight in her that will make her even more dangerous a player for Kean. I look forward to following along with her next season with the Cougars.”

 

Joining her fellow FC Copa Academy teammates Mary Bystrycki and Tal Giardinelli, Massell will look to make an immediate impact on the Cougar’s roster just like FC Copa Academy Class of 2017 Alumni Adrianna Mouzakis has this past season. Massell explained that FC Copa Academy’s familiarity with the Kean University program and coaches made it easier for her to make a decision. “FC Copa helped me with my recruitment process by reaching out to different coaches to help me get in contact with them so I could play where I wanted too.”

 

When asked to advise younger FC Copa Academy players who wanted to play in college, Massell said that taking one’s time was very important. “Some advice I'd give to younger athletes is to never say no to anyone,” explained Massell. “See as many colleges that you can to get a sense of what you like and don't like. You don't need to rush into this process.”

 

Playing for Middletown South High School, Massell scored 15 goals and notched 4 assists in her senior season alone. She led the team to a historic State Championship appearance, after she notched the game-winning goal in the Group 3 Semi-Finals, where they upset #1 Northern Highlands. She will look to join a Kean squad that finished at 11-6-2 in 2017.

 

FC Copa Academy wishes Grace the best of luck as she looks to join the Cougars next fall, and looks forward to cheering her and her fellow FC Copa Academy teammates on!

 
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WINTER 2017/18 FC COPA ACADEMY SOCCER CLINICS - REGISTER TODAY!
by posted 11/28/2017


FC Copa Academy Soccer Clinics will take the best aspects of our traditional Program offerings, while streamlining the curriculum to allow for each player to work on the totality of their game. Our two highly specified Programs will remain- Goalkeeper Academy and Junior Academy- while we will combine the remainder into one comprehensive Clinic: FC Copa Academy Technical Circuit Training (TCT).

FC Copa TCT will involve four separate stations: 1.) Speed & Agility, 2.) Technical Skills, 3.) Finishing and 4.) Small Sided Games. Each station will feature coaches who specialize in that specific area. By breaking FC Copa Academy TCT down into smaller groups for each station, all of our players will benefit from an extremely low coach-to-player ratio, allowing everyone to receive individualized attention and support.

FC COPA ACADEMY SOCCER CLINICS - DETAILS
REGISTRATION: Visit our website under the “CLINICS” tab
DATES: Saturdays (12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24)
LOCATION: Metuchen Sportsplex
215 Durham Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840
COST: 
Technical Circuit Training - $240
Junior Academy - $30/Per Session
Goalkeeper Academy - $240
 
CLINIC OFFERINGS // TIMES:
Goalkeeper Academy: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (U14 & Down)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (U15 & Up)
Junior Academy: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Technical Circuit Training (TCT): 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Director of Camps & Programs Andrew Giallombardo, at   or 917-744-2770

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FC COPA ACADEMY TOP FINISHES AT DISNEY SOCCER SHOWCASE
by posted 11/28/2017


FC Copa Academy had a phenomenal showing at the Disney Soccer Showcase, with the G00 Black finishing atop the first bracket in their age group after going undefeated, the G01 Black finishing second, the G02 Black finishing third and the G03 Black also finishing second in their first trip down to Orlando. Collectively, the four teams who attended the Disney Soccer Showcase had a combined 218 college coaches visit their games.

 

“We are incredibly proud of all of our teams’ performances this weekend,” said Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching. “Going against the top teams from the nation we once again proved to be one of the elite clubs in the country. We are thrilled to have had our young ladies exposed to so many college coaches at this prestigious event again this year and we are looking forward to another impressive showcase as we head to the North Carolina FC Showcase Series this coming weekend.”

 

The G00 Black, coming off their NPL National Championship this summer, stood out amongst the competition in the top bracket at Disney. In their first game, the G00 Black notched a 2-0 win against #14 in Florida, Pinecrest Premier 1999 Blue. Coming off that win, they found another versus another strong Florida team with a 3-2 win against Tampa Bay United ECNL 2000 in one of the most exciting games these girls have played together. To round off their unbeaten weekend, the G00 Black finished their last game ever at the Disney Tournament with a commanding 3-0 win vs. #8 in PAE, Huntingdon Valley AA Freedom.

 

“To finish undefeated in the top bracket in their last trip to Disney their senior years is truly special,” explained Coach Lori Berman. “This team has had quite the journey together over the last six years, and going out on top was something they will remember forever . Playing in front of over 70 college coaches in the highest bracket is a true testament of the team they have become.”

 

The G01 Black, who won the Disney Soccer Showcase last year, had a solid showing as well. After a 2-2- tie versus #11 in California So Cal Rush, the G01 Black notched a 1-0 win against #2 in Colorado Bloomfield Blast. To round out the weekend, the G01 Black fell to the #2 team in Maryland- Premier SC, who would end up going on to finish atop the bracket.

 

“G01 Black enjoyed a very successful showcase weekend down at Disney,” Coach Andrew Giallombardo stated. “The group showed a tremendous fighting spirit all weekend long, battling together to create big moments throughout every match. As a group, we are encouraged to keep this momentum into NCFC Girls Showcase.”

 

In their first trip to Disney, the G02 Black also played well finishing at 1-1-1. On Thanksgiving Day, the G02 Black tied the #8 in Tennessee Chattanooga FC, finishing at 2-2. The following day they fell to #17 in Florida the Gulf Coast Texans, before finishing the tournament with a dominating 3-0 win against the eventual top team in the bracket, Miami Lakes United.

 

“We were thrilled with the way the girls played this weekend,” said Coach Pat Snyder, the Girls Technical Director of FC Copa Academy. “For each game, they improved their play, culminating in Saturday’s comprehensive 3-0 win against Miami Lakes, the eventual group winner. Our opponents scored 9 goals in their first two games before facing us, and we didn’t allow them to score and limited their opportunities. The future for this group is extremely bright.”

 

Meanwhile, the youngest FC Copa Academy team to attend the Disney Soccer Showcase found great success as well. The G03 Black finished second in their bracket in their first ever trip to the tournament. Following a close 0-1 loss in their opening match against #31 in Canada, West Ottawa SC, the G03 Black bounced back handedly, knocking off #7 in Georgia North Tophat by a 4-0 margin before finishing out the weekend with a 2-0 win against #7 in Florida Martin United Predators.

 

“We were incredibly impressed with the performances the girls had this weekend in their first ever trip to Disney,” said Coach Roberto Aguas. “It is a phenomenal start to their high school careers, already establishing themselves as one of the front-runners in their age group in the country. They will have the chance to prove themselves once again this upcoming weekend, and we are really looking forward to working with this group to grow together both on and off the field.”

 

FC Copa Academy congratulates all those that competed in Disney, and wishes the G00 Black, the G01 Black and the G03 Black the best of luck as they head to the North Carolina FC Showcase Series (formerly known as CASL) this upcoming weekend!

 
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GIRLS DISNEY SHOWCASE PREVIEW
by posted 11/22/2017


Over Thanksgiving weekend of 2017, four FC Copa Academy teams will travel down to the prestigious Disney Soccer Showcase, one of the highest level tournaments in the nation. The G00 Black, the G01 Black, the G02 Black and the G03 Black will all travel to Orlando, Florida for the holidays, taking on the continent’s top competition.

“Disney is one of the highlights of our calendar every single year,” said Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching. “The tournament is circled on every player's schedule for months in advance. After the success our teams have had over the years at this distinguished event, every year our players are incredibly eager to get the chance to leave their own mark in history.”

Just last year, the G01 Black came home with the Championship from the top bracket in their age group. The year before that, the G00 Black took home their own trophy, again from the top bracket. In 2017, the G03 Black and the G02 Black are particularly eager to prove themselves, as they will compete in Disney for the first time. All of the teams are coming off of successful 2016-2017 campaigns, with high expectations for themselves as they begin the 2017-2018 year.

“Our girls are looking forward to workings towards cementing their own place in the FC Copa Academy history of Disney,” explained Coach Pat Snyder. “It’s a marquee event every year for us- the tournament is one that our youngest age kids grow up aspiring to attend. We are incredibly excited to take the field this upcoming weekend and challenge ourselves against the best teams in the world.”

FC Copa Academy wishes the G03 Black, the G02 Black, the G01 Black and the G00 Black the best of luck at the Disney Soccer Showcase!

 
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FC COPA ACADEMY HOLIDAY SALE! 20% OFF ALL APPAREL
by posted 11/17/2017


USE THE FC COPA ACADEMY HOLIDAY SALE DISCOUNT VIA THIS LINK : HOLIDAY2017

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FC COPA WELCOMES ROGERIO CELAYA AS DIRECTOR OF GOALKEEPING
by posted 11/14/2017


FC Copa Academy is extremely excited to announce the hiring of Coach Rogerio Celaya, who will be assuming responsibilities as the Director of Goalkeeping for both our youth academy and our semi-professional franchise, New Jersey Copa FC.

“We could not be more happy to announce that we are bringing on Coach Rogerio Celeya,” stated Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching at FC Copa Academy. “Rogerio brings us a wealth of experience at the highest levels in the country, including Division I colleges and the MLS, and will all us to reach new heights together with our goalkeepers.”

Coach Rogerio brings over 10 years of youth and college coaching experience with him to FC Copa Academy. He most recently served US Development Academy Head Coach and Goalkeeper Coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida. Prior to that, Rogerio served as Director of Goalkeeping for Baton Rouge Soccer Club.  

Coach Rogerio has also gained experience working with several college programs, such as LSU-Shreveport, Minot State University, and LSU-Alexandria. In addition to coaching at IMG Academy, Coach Rogerio was the Executive Director and Owner of the LSA Goalkeeper Academy, where he has managed the fiscal function and performance since 2011. Coach Rogerio was also recently named an Associate Staff Coach with the NSCAA.

As a player, Coach Rogerio grew up playing in Valencia, Spain. competed for SMU in Dallas as well as LSU-Shreveport. Following his successful collegiate career, he gained international experience by playing with Parana Clube in Curitiba Brazil, and Club Atlas in Guadalajara, MX. Coach Rogerio went on to play in the MLS for the Colorado Rapids in 2007 before launching his coaching career.

Coach Rogerio holds his USSF B License, (USSF A license last meeting May 2018), NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF National Youth License, NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma and Masters in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

 
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RECORD HIGH NUMBER OF FC COPA ACADEMY ALUMNI IN NCAA TOURNAMENTS
by posted 11/13/2017


Twenty-two different FC Copa Academy Alumni from sixteen different schools made the NCAA Tournaments in the Fall of 2017.

 

“We could not be more proud of our alumni,” said Roberto Aguas, President & Executive Director of Coaching for FC Copa Academy. “Nothing brings us more joy than to see our alumni enjoy themselves and find successes both on and off the field. For a record-number of our alumni to reach the NCAA Tournaments, that is a huge achievement and speaks to the hard work and dedication of our players.”

 

FC Copa Academy congratulates all who have made the NCAA Tournaments, and wish all participating players the best of luck in their games!

 

The following players and teams were named to the NCAA Tournament:

 

Men - Division III (7 SCHOOLS - 12 PLAYERS)

 

  1. Tufts: Brett Rojas, Conner Mieth

  2. Rowan: Kyle Dennis, Brian Dziobak

  3. Johns Hopkins: Achim Yonker

  4. Lycoming: Ryan Litterer

  5. Drew: Joe Umana, Brian Cerri, Tony Oliveira, Ryan Perlee

  6. Messiah: Joey Cianciotta

  7. Mt. St. Mary: Max Antisell


 

Women - Division III (6 SCHOOLS - 7 PLAYERS)

 

  1. Hobart - William Smith: Hannah Merlo

  2. Arcadia: Erin Vander Platt

  3. Wilkes: Niamh Harkins

  4. McDaniel: Jackie Fahrenholz

  5. Rowan: Amanda Abruzzo

  6. Scranton: Hannah DeMars


 

Women - Division II (2 SCHOOLS - 2 PLAYERS)

 

  1. GCU: Erin Wimmer

  2. West Chester: Maddie Berretti


 

Women - Division I (1 SCHOOL - 1 PLAYER)

 

  1. Monmouth: Brittany Van Lenten



 

TOTAL

16 SCHOOLS

22 PLAYERS

 
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EDP FALL CLASSIC RECAP - G04 BLACK FINALISTS
by posted 11/12/2017


In the final tournament weekend for the younger age teams, FC Copa Academy players finished out their Fall 2017 seasons strong at the EDP Fall Classic. Of the four teams that played in this event (the G05 Black, the G04 Black, the B05 Black and the B04 Black), the G04 Black came away as Finalists.

“We have had a terrific season with our younger age teams,” explained Roberto Aguas, Executive Director of Coaching at FC Copa Academy. “The level of competition we faced at the EDP Fall Classic was top-notch, and let us wrap-up our Fall 2017 season in a good place.”

The G04 Black finished as Finalists in the top U14 Bracket of the EDP Fall Classic this past weekend. In the Final, they lost to the Delaware State Champs and Regional League participant Delaware FC 1-0. On Saturday, the G04 Black won 3-1 against #6 in ENY NYSC and lost 2-0 to Manalapan GPS. On Sunday, the G04 Black found a 1-0 win against CSA Bergen West to propel them into the Finals.

“I could not be more happy for the girls,” expressed Coach Pat, who leads the G04 Black. “We played with passion and heart all weekend. They worked hard defensively, and possessed the ball well over the course of all three games. I am so proud of where this team has finished up the fall campaign.”

FC Copa Academy congratulates the G04 Black on their Finalist finish, and the G05 Black, B05 Black and B04 Black on their performances this weekend!

 
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2017 FC COPA ACADEMY COLLEGE NIGHT RECAP
by posted 11/03/2017


The Annual 2017 FC Copa Academy College Night, held at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ, took place last night on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. Over 220 players and parents were in attendance as two different panels spoke about their experiences with the sport at the collegiate level.

“College Night is one of our most important events of the entire year,” explained Director of Academic Guidance Lori Berman. “This year, we made sure to have a good array of different experiences on our panels. We had DI and DIII represented, Men’s & Women’s coaches, first-team players, second-team players, even a parent’s perspective on this year’s panels. We think that they did a fantastic job giving a well-rounded snapshot of the college soccer experience, speaking to every individual in the room about how every situation and player has to take their own unique path.”

Lori Berman opened up the night, speaking on the academic process of the college search. Covering topics such as academic transcripts, yearly action plans, how to begin to create a list of schools, how to narrow said list down and more was just some of the important information that Berman touched upon for the night.

After a 20 minute presentation on the academic process, Berman also covered the introduction to the night and the panels. First up was the FC Copa Academy Panel, consisting of Gabby Cipriano (Haverford Class of 2022), Aytana Muschajew (Fairfield Class of 2022), Andrew Santos (Manhattan Class of 2015), Matty Berman (Class of 2015) and Neal Leitner, parent of Andrea Leitner (UAlbany Class of 2021).

Each panelist spoke to the importance of finding one’s own path, and putting in the work regardless of how stressful the process can be. Of the five panelists, each had a completely different recruitment story, one 100% their own. The one common denominator, however, was that each player ended up at a different school than they had originally thought they would attend at the beginning of their college searches, speaking to the importance of doing one’s due diligence and never writing off a school one does not yet know.

" My son is a Junior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and this is his first season at COPA," said Mike Babulski, father of Jason Babulski. "The college night was our first occasion to interact with the COPA organization, and I couldn't be more impressed.  They are the first soccer program that I have seen who cares about the player's future. They emphasize grades and character. The soccer skills must be there, but this was a refreshing difference."

 

Next up was Roberto Aguas, Founder & President of FC Copa Academy, who spoke on the details of the college recruitment process. Starting off by explaining the numbers and statistics of those who go play soccer in college, Aguas transitioned into the services that are offered by FC Copa Academy. How the club can assist players, what the process is, what is expected of the staff vs. the parents vs. the players themselves and more was covered in great detail by Aguas, who then sat on the Panel of Professionals.

Joining Aguas on the FC Copa Academy Panel of Professionals was Scott Baker (Rowan Men’s HC), Mary Hearin (NJIT Women’s AC) and Jorden Scott (Manhattan Men’s HC). The coaches fielded questions such as what the difference is between divisions, how to send an attention-grabbing email, how to determine the right program fit, the importance of clean social media practices and more.

“The 2017 FC Copa Academy College Night was great,” said Roberto Aguas. “I feel as though we were able to answer a lot of our player and parents’ questions, and shed light on a lot of different pathways to collegiate soccer. We encourage anyone with additional questions to reach out to us.”

 
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1 WEEK AWAY - FC COPA ACADEMY 3V3 FESTIVAL - REGISTER TODAY
by posted 10/31/2017


ABOUT THE FC COPA ACADEMY 3V3 FESTIVAL

3v3 is a fast-paced, small-sided game, the decreased ratio of players to ball, and the smaller sized field puts players in contact with the ball repeatedly.  This increased pace, increased ball contact and decreased space improves ball mastery and technical control, forces players to make decisions more quickly, and forces them to be more creative in solving problems.

Team registrations may contain a maximum of 4 players. Players planning to play together, should register individually and indicate their team name where prompted .  Players registering on their own will be assigned to age appropriate teams.  Teams may be, but are not required to be co-ed.  Age groups to follow U.S. Club guidelines. 


FC COPA ACADEMY 3V3 FESTIVAL DETAILS

Date: November 9th-10th (Rutgers)
November 9th - 10th (Rowan)
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Rutgers University & Rowan University
Ages: 7-17
Cost: $60.00 Per Player

North Registration - Follow This Link
 

South Registartion - Follow This Link
 

 

If you have any questions regarding the camp please contact Clinics Director Andrew Giallombardo at andrew.giallombardo@fccopa.com or by phone at 732-662-5202
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GABRIELLE CIPRIANO - CLASS OF 2018 - HAVERFORD COLLEGE
by posted 10/30/2017


Gabrielle Cipriano, member of the G99/00 Red team, has officially committed to play collegiate soccer for Haverford College.

“Thank you to all the coaches and players that helped me reach this point,” said Cipriano. “I am beyond grateful for the support I have received.”

Cipriano, who has been with the club for five years, had plenty of favorite memories to choose from. “One my most memorable experience at FC COPA was competing at the Jefferson Cup for the first time and winning our bracket,” Cipriano stated. “We also experienced great success at Regionals in Greensboro, NC where we were back-to-back champions. Every year, I participate in FC COPA's Futsal program, and it is my favorite season to play in. My team has won the Regional Championships and State Championships multiple times, and the atmosphere during these competitions is amazing.”

Most recently, Cipriano has helped lead her team to incredible heights, where in 2017 alone, they finished as Champions in the Manhattan Kickoff Classic, Jefferson Cup, the Columbia Invitational and the EDP Spring Showcase. In addition, the G00 Red also won both State Championships (the NJ Cup and the NJYS Cup), earning them a spot in the 2017 President’s Cup Regionals in Virginia where they finished as Finalists.

Over her time with FC Copa Academy, Cipriano has been coached primarily by Coach Steve Lengen and Coach Mary Hearin. “Coach Mary helped our development by strengthening our team bonds, and pushing us to play our absolute best,” explained Cipriano. “I learned what it means to be a team player, and how to play not only for yourself but for your team. My previous coaches, Coach Steve and Coach Mike, have also had parts in making me the player I am today, and for that I am hugely grateful.”

“Cippy has been an incredible player to coach, but an even more incredible teammate,” explained Coach Mary. “She is the definition of a leader, working tirelessly to both lead by example and simultaneously connecting with each and everyone one of her teammates to make everyone around her better. Her unselfish personality translates to be one of her biggest strengths on the field, enabling her to reliably connect pass after pass through her position at center mid. I am confident that Cippy will become an impact player for Haverford, and I cannot wait to watch her in a Fords uniform.”

After years of searching for the right fit, Cipriano also stated how she felt like she was in good hands throughout the college recruiting process. “FC COPA offers many invaluable resources to those who want to take the next step, whether it be soccer or academics,” elaborated Cipriano. “One of the unique aspects on the club is the focus of education and making sure their athletes are all around good students. Finding the right college for me was a hard journey that took a lot of time and effort, but I was extremely well prepared. FC COPA hosts annual college nights where they explain the college process, regardless of if you want to be a collegiate athlete. This helped my parents and I get a head-start on college searching. My coaches were also great resources, as they were able to contact coaches for me, and recommend schools. In the end, my hard work and sacrifices paid off.”

Being with the club during some of her most formative years yet, Cipriano explained that FC Copa Academy helped her push herself to new heights. “Previous to FC COPA, I had gotten cut from my club team in 7th grade, and my confidence was at an extreme low,” Cipriano said. “Since joining FC Copa Academy, my coaches have helped build my confidence back up since then, and developed the skills I knew I had, but did not have the chance to show previously. My teammates were also an essential part of my development. We are extremely close, and it helped contribute to our success. The have become part of my second family, and I would never trade it for anything else.”

On advice for younger FC Copa Academy players who are interested in playing collegiately, Cipriano harked on the importance to own the process yourself. “My advice for potential college athletes is to to do your homework, in the college searching sense,” stated Cipriano. “I did not even know my school existed until my parents and I did our research. It happens to be one of the best liberal arts schools in the country, but many students have never heard of it. There really is a school for everyone if you put the time and effort into looking for it, no matter how difficult it may seem. Do not be afraid to put your interests first, regardless of what other people may say or think about you. The only thing that is important is that you are happy with your college.”

Cipriano, who plays high school soccer for Holmdel, has won both Conference and State Championships, while maintaining her spot on the High Honor Roll. She will look to join a Haverford squad that has gone 9-5-3 so far in the 2017 season, earning the Fords a spot in the Centennial Conference Playoffs.

FC Copa Academy wishes Gabby the very best of luck as she enters her next stage in her soccer career, and cannot wait to cheer her on when she joins Haverford for the 2018 season!

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ONE WEEK AWAY - 2017 FC COPA ACADEMY COLLEGE NIGHT
by posted 10/25/2017


FC COPA ACADEMY 2017 COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT ANNOUNCED
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017
PLEASE RSVP BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017